An error occurs when adding SDC 1 format datasets to ArcMap

Last Published: April 25, 2020


After adding two or three SDC1 datasets, the following error message is displayed:

"ArcMap has encountered a problem and needs to close."

SDC1 datasets are found on the ESRI Data & Maps discs from 2003 or 2004.

Newer ESRI Data & Maps discs have a newer revision of the data that does not cause the problem.


Earlier versions of SDC, found in older ESRI Data & Maps media kits, are incompatible with newer versions of ArcGIS.


Use SDC 2 format datasets. SDC 2 datasets are found in the 2005 or more recent ESRI Data & Maps data.

Article ID:000009175

  • ArcMap 9 x

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