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I am making a map for my thesis. While using ArcGIS, I must use Import71 to convert some .e00 files (In this particular case, political boundaries and Hydrography networks). When I select my output folder, I receive the message:

E:\ File Path" This file cannot be accessed. Make sure you have security privileges on the drive.

I use Windows 7. Is this simply a Windows/administrator problem or am I doing something wrong?

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most likely it is a permissions problem. I'd create a subdir on the e: drive and assign permissions to that. – user33788 Jun 22 '10 at 4:04

Import71.exe doesn't always work in Windows7, but at least one person reports success (see comment). You might try import71.exe > r-click > Troubleshoot compatibility; didn't work for me personally, though I didn't try every available option.

The command line ogr2ogr from the gdal utilities suite can translate the files just fine on windows 7 though:

ogr2ogr out_dir test.e00

Install from

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1. Import71.exe works just fine for me under Windows7 64-bit. 2. ogr2ogr works, but it is orders of magnitude slower than Import71.exe. The former can take hours to convert an 8MB file, while the latter completes the operation in under 10 seconds. – Gili Jan 14 '15 at 6:03
@Gili your two sentences oppose each other. Which one is the typo? ;-) It's good to know that at least for some import71.exe does work on Win7; wish I understood why not for me. – matt wilkie Jan 14 '15 at 17:26
Matt, I'm saying both tools work for me but ogr2ogr is substantially slower than Import71.exe. Try running as admin and/or installing into a path without spaces. Otherwise, sorry I don't know. – Gili Jan 15 '15 at 19:09

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