How do you delete or remove raster pyramids?

Have you ever wanted to delete pyramids from your raster dataset?  Some might  delete their .RRD or .OVR file (which is not recommended).  And of course if you are using an geodatabase raster dataset, that method will not be possible.
Raster properties showing pyramids have been created

So how do I delete my pyramids from my raster?
In order to remove your pyramids, you need to run the Build Pyramids geoprocessing tool with 0 levels built.
1) Open the Build Pyramids tool.
2) Choose the input raster dataset for which you would like to remove the pyramids

3) Click on the Environments button
4) Expand Raster Storage

5) For the Pyramid Levels parameter, type 0
6) Click OK on the Environment Setting
7) Click OK to run the Build Pyramids tool

Check the Properties of your raster dataset, and make sure that the pyramids have been removed.


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  1. Curtis Price says:

    Nice trick, but seems to me it would be a LOT less work to do this with a very short script or model. In 10x, you could simply paste this in the Python window and change “MyRaster” to your raster layer or dataset:

    xenv = arcpy.env.pyramid
    arcpy.env.pyramid = "PYRAMIDS 0"
    arcpy.env.pyramid = xenv