There are lots of different kinds of storage devices out there. Which ones are suitable for running QuickBooks desktop editions?
Basically, you want to be accessing your data on a local or network internal hard drive or on an internal solid-state drive.
You DON’T want to try to run QuickBooks using data located on…
- Flash/thumb/USB drives
- External hard drives
- CD or DVD disks
- Online drives (except for those used by hosted QuickBooks providers)
- Your smartphone (ha!)
- 3.5″ floppies (haha!)
The read/write speeds associated with these other kinds of media are not fast enough for QuickBooks to reliably do its thing. They are fine for holding backups of your data, of course. But that’s a different thing from opening and using your data there.
What about RAID drives? Intuit says that QuickBooks will run on them, but doesn’t recommend doing so because of performance effects.
QuickBooks users call us for data repair options as a result of using QuickBooks on these non-recommended kinds of media. And if there is a systems problem, even data residing on recommended kinds of drives can be damaged. So it is always a very good idea to have a working backup solution in place.