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Copy To Data Store

Copy To Data Store The Copy To Data Store tool is a convenient way to copy datasets to a layer in your portal. Copy to Data Store creates an item in your content containing your layer.

Analysis using GeoAnalytics Tools

Analysis using GeoAnalytics Tools is completed using distributed processing across multiple ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server machines and cores. GeoAnalytics Tools and standard feature analysis tools in ArcGIS Enterprise have different parameters and capabilities. To learn more about these differences, see Feature analysis tool differences.

Workflow diagram

Copy To Data Store workflow diagram


A city's police department is conducting an analysis to determine if there is a relationship between violent crimes and the proximity of liquor establishments. The crime analyst in charge needs to select the violent crime data from the full dataset. Using Copy To Data Store, the crime analyst can create a selection of only violent crimes, and copy that selection to a new dataset.

Usage notes

Copy To Data Store can copy feature and tabular data to your portal. You can only copy one layer at a time.

If you want to visualize data in your big data file share, you can copy a subset to your portal.


Big data file shares can be analyzed directly in a tool. You do not need to copy them to a data store before analyzing. When copying data this way, it is recommended that you select a subset of your data by setting a map extent for analysis.

The tool can copy data to either the relational or the spatiotemporal big data store.

You can optionally apply a filter to your data by clicking the Query button Query. Only features that match the condition will be applied. For example, if you have a field named temperature, you could copy all features with temperature values greater than 10 by selecting the condition temperature is greater than 10.

Optionally select specific features with the Select button. This option is only available once the layer has been added to the map.

The Choose the Data Store to copy to parameter specifies the output data store. This tool parameter value will be used instead of the current environment settings. For example, if you have set the environment settings to copy to the spatiotemporal data store, but the tool is set to copy to the relational data store, when you run the tool, it will copy the features to the relational data store.


  • Layers copied to the spatiotemporal data store have the following limitations:
    • All layers will be saved in spatial reference WGS84.
    • You cannot publish these layers.
    • You cannot download or export these layers.

Similar tools

Use Copy to Data Store to select and copy data to a new feature layer in your portal. Other tools may be useful in solving similar but slightly different problems.

If you are trying to extract data in the relational data store, use the Extract Data tool.

ArcGIS Desktop analysis tools

The GeoAnalytics Tools Copy to Data Store is available in ArcGIS Pro.

Copy to Data Store performs a similar function to tools in the Conversion toolbox. For more on exporting data from ArcGIS Desktop, see A quick tour of exporting data.