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When using ArcPad with data on either a Compact Flash or a Secure Digital storage card and the Pocket PC device is turned off before exiting ArcPad, the operating system closes the files being used by ArcPad. These closed files become unavailable in future ArcPad sessions.
Pocket PC 2003 shuts down ArcPad, causing an internal problem with ArcPad and shapefiles.
To avoid this problem follow these steps: