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Walkthrough: How to make a RAID Stripe Using SoftRAID 5.1

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A few days ago, MPG tested the OWC OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD (late 2015) in a RAID-0 stripe configuration.

How to make a RAID using SoftRAID? This article walks through the steps of making a RAID-0 stripe using SoftRAID 5.1.

Walkthrough: creating a RAID-0 Stripe in SoftRAID

This examples uses four OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD in an OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini. The same procedure applies to hard drives or SSDs, and for any similar device.

Quick FAQ in response to questions by reader James A:

  • On OS X, the SoftRAID driver is already part of OS X, so creating a RAID with SoftRAID means that it can be used on any Mac without installing anything. Moreover, the driver is on the RAID volume itself, so a RAID can be freely plugged on another Mac (without the SoftRAID application).
  • Since the driver is for OS X only, a SoftRAID RAID cannot be used on a Windows PC.
  • As of early January 2016, SoftRAID cannot convert Disk Utility RAID to SoftRAID format, but that feature is planned.
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