Frequently asked question

After updating metadata, why does the size of my personal geodatabase increase?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


When updating metadata in a geodatabase, the item's original metadata record is deleted and a new one is added. To purge the deleted records from the file, right-click the personal geodatabase in ArcCatalog and click Compact Database.

Article ID:000003170

  • ArcMap 8 x

Receive notifications and find solutions for new or common issues

Get summarized answers and video solutions from our new AI chatbot.

Download the Esri Support App

Discover more on this topic

Get help from ArcGIS experts

Contact technical support

Download the Esri Support App

Go to download options