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What are the best practices to avoid broken data links in a map document when it is moved?
Data links are stored as map layer properties in a map document and are a path to the source data. When a map document is opened, ArcMap locates the data using the stored paths. When the source data is no longer in the directory where the path is pointed, ArcMap indicates that the data link is broken and that layer must be repaired. A layer with a broken data link has a red exclamation point next to the layer name:
To repair broken data links, see the following document: Repairing broken data links
However, repairing individual data links can be tedious if there are many layers to fix in the map document. With a little preparation beforehand, broken data links can be prevented. The following are some ways to move the source data while preventing broken data links:
Note: If there are any data referencing an enterprise geodatabase, ensure that the Include Enterprise geodatabase data instead of referencing the data option is checked when creating the map package.