Data stored in the 'My Documents' folder in Windows 7 and Windows Vista cannot be viewed or accessed from the ArcMap 'Add Data' dialog box or from ArcCatalog.For example, when browsing to 'My Documents' in Windows Explorer, data is visible:
However, when browsing to the same location in ArcCatalog, the same folder appears empty:
The My Documents folder on Windows 7 and Vista does not actually contain the data, but rather, a redirect to C:\Users\<user>\Documents, where the data is actually stored.
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