SoftRAID version 5 is now final.
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.
- About Using Software RAID
- Awesome: SoftRAID with RAID-5 rebuild
- Software RAID-5 in SoftRAID
- Software RAID Creation in SoftRAID
- Software RAID-1 Mirror in SoftRAID
- RAID 1+0 Fault Tolerance with SoftRAID 5: how and why I can configured four 3TB drives in a RAID 1+0
- Reader Questions on SoftRAID
- SoftRAID 5: RAID-5 Can Be One Huge Volume, or Partitioned to Suit
- Big Fault Tolerant Storage: OWC Now Offers a Supported and Preconfigured RAID-5 Solution via SoftRAID + Thunderbay
- OWC Thunderbay as RAID-5 or RAID 1+0 Video Storage Solution