Note: This article applies to retired ArcMap versions 9.x. Later versions of ArcGIS Desktop may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.
When converting a raster with many cells to polygons with the Raster To Polygon tool, it fails and displays the following error message:
"An error was encountered while executing spatial_RasterToPolygon.
Failed to execute (RasterToPolygon_1)."
This also applies to the Raster to Point and Raster to Polyline tools.
The output shapefile being created is approaching the 2.1GB limit for shapefiles. The output shapefile is written to disk during processing. This allows the monitoring of the completed amount.
Use either option below: