MAXQDA is a database program and needs a stable and uninterrupted connection to the project file. While you are working with a project file MAXQDA is constantly reading and writing data directly into the database.
Opening projects from external resources
We strongly recommend against opening MAXQDA projects from external resources like a network drive, USB flash drive, external hard drive or any cloud synchronized folder.
An interruption of the connection between MAXQDA and the project files due to a weak network connection or a background synchronization process can lead to the corruption of your project database. If a cloud based synchronization service like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, Mega, Onecloud, Box, etc. starts a background synchronization process of your project while you are currently working with the project in MAXQDA it may effect the database consistency. It may also happen that you are reopening a recently closed MAXQDA project while your cloud service is still synchronizing the file, which also may lead to a damaged database.
If you still decide or have to open your MAXQDA project from an external resource, we cannot guarantee that the project file will not be damaged through disrupted connection.
Storing projects in external resources
You can still use any of the above mentioned external storage resources to save backups to or to share projects with other users. Just copy the project file to your local computer before opening the project with MAXQDA.