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SoftRAID 5 Goes Final: High Performance RAID 5, RAID 1+0, RAID-0, RAID-1

SoftRAID version 5 is now final.

SoftRAID 5 volume icon for RAID 1+0

I’ve been working with a beta version for some months, delivering varied feedback to the SoftRAID team. My concerns were addressed, with a few user interface suggestions pending that I’m told will be improved.

RAID-5 (striping with one drive fault tolerance) and RAID 1+0 (striped pair of mirrors) are the new standout features in SoftRAID 5. Now final and with fixes for a few issues I found during the beta test cycle, I am very impressed

SoftRAID 5 delivers RAID-5 and RAID 1+0 performance in software that beats many hardware RAIDs and with far greater versatility across devices.

Of course, SoftRAID can format single volumes and do RAID-0 striping and RAID-1 mirrors also. I use RAID-5 and RAID-1+0 for some purposes, and RAID-0 and RAID-1 for others. For example, a neat trick is a RAID-1 mirror for 2 or more backup copies in one backup operation; these can be split apart (if desired) and updated later with “smart update‚—very cool feature.

Links and more information follow below these screen shots.

5-drive RAID-5 volume in SoftRAID 5

See also:

Performance:

4-drive RAID-1+0 setup with 4 volume in SoftRAID 5

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