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Error: Open Failed. Error opening feature class. General Function Failure

Error Message

Adding data into ArcMap returns the following error:

"Open Failed
Error opening feature class
General Function Failure"

Cause

In ArcGIS 8.x, this can occur due to known issues with renaming the feature class name. The following methods may corrupt the feature class name and table:

1. Selecting the name and modifying it.
2. Right-clicking on the name and selecting Modify in ArcCatalog.

Solution or Workaround

For ArcGIS 8.x, use the following solution:

If the data is not a geodatabase feature class, export it to a geodatabase. This forces the name and table to be set properly.

This problem has been resolved for 9.x.