An overview of creating geodatabases

There are three primary ways that you create geodatabases in ArcGIS:

  1. Design and create a new, empty geodatabase (and subsequently define the schema and load datasets into it).
  2. Copy and modify an existing geodatabase schema (and subsequently load datasets into the copied geodatabase).
  3. Create a copy of both the schema and contents from an existing geodatabase.

Before proceeding with geodatabase creation, you should read about the following: