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OWC Announces SoftRAID 5.5: allows users to convert Apple RAID volumes to SoftRAID

SoftRAID user interface

Get SoftRAID 5 or SoftRAID Lite at MacSales.com.

Given recent Thunderbolt disconnect discussion, the “can now detect problems which are occurring on the Thunderbolt port of a Mac” point is interesting.

SoftRAID is also bundled with the OWC Thunderbay RAID solutions (see review of OWC Thunderbay 4 and review of OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini).

See also Walkthrough: How to make a RAID Stripe Using SoftRAID 5.1 as well as all RAID topics.

Download SoftRAID 5.5 (demo available).

April 11, 2016 — SoftRAID version 5.5 - Convert Apple RAID volumes to SoftRAID

OWC Holdings, Inc. announced today the release of SoftRAID version 5.5. This update to the highly regarded SoftRAID product allows users to convert Apple RAID volumes to SoftRAID as well as operating in four languages. SoftRAID version 5.5 is a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

SoftRAID is the premier disk driver for Mac OS X, and replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Now with SoftRAID version 5.5, users can convert their existing Apple RAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID and preserve all the files on those volumes. This provides a seamless way for existing Apple RAID users to start using the great features of SoftRAID.

SoftRAID Lite, just $49 — For $49, users can purchase SoftRAID Lite and convert their Apple RAID volumes to SoftRAID. Not only will they be able to start using the highly optimized SoftRAID driver which has been shipping since 2003, but they can also take advantage of all of SoftRAID's advance disk health monitoring and logging features.

Convert Apple RAID stripe volumes to SoftRAID RAID 1+0

Users who purchase the normal version of SoftRAID can not only convert their AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) volumes to SoftRAID but can also convert those volumes to RAID 1+0. A stripe (RAID 0) volume becomes unusable if a single disk fails whereas a RAID 1+0 volume will continue to function after a disk fails.

RAID 1+0 volumes are a stripe volume where each stripe unit consists of a pair of disks, if one disk in the pair fails, the other continues work as part of the volume.

The SoftRAID application and SoftRAID Monitor now in 4 languages

With SoftRAID 5.5, the application and SoftRAID Monitor now support 4 languages: English, French, German and Spanish. "About 40% of our sales comes from outside the United States" said Tim Standing, VP of Software Engineering. "It is important that we add support for non-English speaking users so they can know the true power and reliability of SoftRAID."

Better logging of errors — SoftRAID version 5.5 includes an entirely new error logging mechanism. "We realized that our old error logging mechanism was occasionally truncating or mangling messages. This made it hard for users to determine which disk was failing" said Tim Standing VP of Software Engineering. "We want to give our users the best tools possible for diagnosing disk problems so we wrote a new error logging mechanism which is much more reliable and better able to handle information for failing disks."

When a disk starts having problems or fails, one of the first places to look for information is the log file. If the failing disk produces lots of errors, the old logging mechanism could sometimes mangle or truncate log messages which made it hard to determine what exactly went wrong. The new logging mechanism can handle many simultaneous log messages without truncating or scrambling any of them. This makes it much easier to figure out which disk is failing and why.

SoftRAID now detects problems with Thunderbolt ports

SoftRAID version 5.5 can now detect problems which are occurring on the Thunderbolt port of a Mac. These problems can cause disks to be ejected while in use. When these errors occur, SoftRAID version 5.5 notifies the user and suggests possible ways to keep these problems from reoccurring. For more information, see: https://softraid.com/pages/support/faq/faq_disappearing_disks.html

Great customer support

SoftRAID has some of the best tech support in the industry. We know that you don’t just work 9 - 5 on weekdays, so our tech support team is available to help you on nights and weekends. We pride ourselves in getting to the bottom of each and every customer problem. Don’t just take our word for it, visit our web site and see what customers say about SoftRAID: https://softraid.com/pages/reviews/customers_comments.html

SoftRAID is actively supported and improved

At SoftRAID, we don’t believe that software should be shipped and then forgotten. We are constantly refining and improving our product. That is why we love our what we do!!

System Requirements:

SoftRAID 5 requires an Intel based running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Support for TRIM commands on SSDs requires 10.7.5 or later.

Partial list of SoftRAID Features:

  • Support for all Intel based Macs with Core Duo 2 processors or later
  • Runs with any version of Mac OS X from 10.6.8 through the current version Mac OS X 10.11
  • Converts AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes use SoftRAID
  • RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 4 and 5 (and non-RAID volumes) - (RAID 4, 5 and 1+0 volumes are not available in SoftRAID Lite)
  • All SoftRAID volume can be startup volumes
  • Up to 16 disks per volume
  • Up to 32 total volumes per Mac
  • Support for Thunderbolt 1 & 2, eSATA, SAS, FireWire and USB
  • Automatic rebuilding of RAID volumes
  • "Fast Rebuilds" for accelerated rebuild times
  • Disk error reporting
  • Email notification
  • Predictive failure analysis
  • Disk certification and verification
  • Volume validation
  • SMART testing on all disks which support SMART
  • I/O and error counters for each SoftRAID disk and volume
  • Extended disk information including: hours of use, reallocated sector counts and media wear for SSDs
  • Disk labeling and LED blinking to aid in disk identification
  • Complete logging of SoftRAID events
  • Command Line interface

Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Support: SoftRAID version 5.5 is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X from 10.6.8 through the current release of 10.11. We work hard to ensure that SoftRAID is ready for each new release of Mac OS X.

30 Day Trial: SoftRAID version 5.5 is available as a 100% fully functional trial version, which allows prospective customers to try all the features of SoftRAID for 30 days for free.

Pricing: SoftRAID version 5 is available for just $179 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via email. It can be purchased via the SoftRAID website, through your Apple Certified Consultant and via retail outlets worldwide.

SoftRAID Lite is available for just $49 for the electronic download version and includes support via our online forum. SoftRAID Lite supports only non-RAID, stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes. It can be purchased via the SoftRAID website, through your Apple Certified Consultant and via retail outlets worldwide.

Users of SoftRAID version 4 can purchase an upgrade to version 5 for $89.

For more information about SoftRAID version 5.5 or to receive a review copy, please contact us at sales@softraid.com.

About SoftRAID

The SoftRAID team is headquartered in Mill Valley, California, and has been developing high quality applications for Mac OS for over 17 years. During this time, SoftRAID has earned its reputation as a rock solid product which comes with great technical support.

SoftRAID has been shipping for Mac OS X since 2003. SoftRAID has been first to market with many key features including: fast mirror rebuilds, full email notification, bootable RAID volumes, disk certification, RAID volume validation, TRIM support on all RAID Levels, disk failure prediction and more.

SoftRAID and the SoftRAID logo are registered trademarks of OWC Holdings, Inc.

SoftRAID user interface

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