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When loading data into a personal geodatabase from ArcCatalog or ArcToolbox the process comes to a halt.
This can happen when the MaxLocksPerFile parameter is exceeded. This is a MicroSoft Jet registry setting that limits the number of records which can be edited in an Access database.
Increase the value of the MaxLocksPerFile registry key.
Warning: The instructions below include making changes to essential parts of your operating system. It is recommended that you backup your operating system and files, including the registry, before proceeding. Consult with a qualified computer systems professional, if necessary. Esri cannot guarantee results from incorrect modifications while following these instructions; therefore, use caution and proceed at your own risk.
1. Exit all open ArcGIS applications.
2. Run the Advanced Settings executable.
3. Click the Editor tab.
4. Update the 'Jet Engine max # of records to calculate' value. Choose a number slightly greater than the number of records in the data.
5. Open ArcCatalog or ArcToolbox and try loading the data again.