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SoftRAID 7.5

re: RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-4/RAID-5, RAID-10, RAID-6

SoftRAID is one of those must-have products for photo and video users, at least if your storage needs are of significance. I’ve been using it for years, and still do. And it supports both Windows and Macs.

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SoftRAID 7.5 Greatly Simplifies Driver Installation

With SoftRAID 7.5, you no longer have to reduce the security on a Mac with Apple silicon to load the driver. You don’t even have to allow the driver for loading in System Settings. The driver will always just load, automatically. (Requires macOS 13.3 or later).

Improved Support for SoftRAID for Windows

SoftRAID now offers improved support for SoftRAID for Windows. If you are creating a SoftRAID volume, and will be using it frequently with SoftRAID for Windows, you may want to select a stripe unit size of 64 KB. Changing the stripe unit size from 16 KB to 64 KB does not affect performance when using RAID 4 or 5 volumes with SoftRAID on macOS.

New features in version 7.5

Includes a new driver loading architecture which allows users to load the SoftRAID driver without having to reduce security on Macs with Apple silicon. In addition, the user no longer has to allow the SoftRAID driver to load in System Settings. (This feature requires macOS 13.3.) • Adds support to the SoftRAID XT license for any storage card in an Akitio Node Titan.

SoftRAID volumes

Bugs fixed in version 7

  • Improves compatibility with Mac Studio Ultra computers.
  • Fixes a bug which results in the SoftRAID Monitor menu disappearing from the menu bar. This occurs when running macOS 13.3 or if the user deletes the DriverPreferences.plist file.
  • Changes the SoftRAID driver so that macOS no longer hangs after using Apple Disk Utility to erase a SoftRAID formatted disk.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID driver which could cause a kernel panic when a Mac entered hibernate and SoftRAID formatted SATA disks were attached.
  • Fixes kernel panic bugs in the SoftRAID driver which could occur when the Mac wakes from hibernate.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID Tool which prevented users from disabling the Safeguard on newly created volumes.
  • Fixes a bug in SoftRAID Monitor and the SoftRAID application which caused the Update & Support Plan menu item to say “Expires on %@“. This would happen when the license was deactivated.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID application which causes a dialog mentioning mirrors to be displayed if you are starting the rebuild of a RAID 4, 5 or 1+ 0 volume.
  • Raises the limit on the size of the System Report file, included in Tech Support Reports, from 10 MB to 30 MBs.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID application and SoftRAID Monitor menu which caused a ‘@‘ character to appear in the Upgrade & Support Plan menu item if running with Simplified or Traditional Chinese.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID application which caused the prompt to overwrite the “Click here for more info...” string in the dialog which appears when running a version of SoftRAID built after the Upgrade & Support Plan has expired.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID application which causes the license state and license capability menu items to be incorrect if the user is running a build created after their Update & Support Plan has expired.
  • Adds code to write the serial number to the SoftRAID.log file whenever the activation server returns an error.
  • The SoftRAID application now fetches the expiration date of the Update & Support Plan every time it is launched if the release of SoftRAID was created after the expiration date and if the license is currently activated. The SoftRAID Monitor fetches the expiration date of the Update & Support Plan on every login or restart under the same conditions.
  • The expiration date of the Update & Support Plan is now logged to the SoftRAID.log file every time the license is activated. If the user has an activated license with an expired Update & Support plan, the expiration date is also logged every time the users restarts or logs in and every time the SoftRAID application is launched.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID Monitor which could cause "Cannot download new version of SoftRAID" dialog to appear twice in a row.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID Monitor which results in users having to enter their serial numbers repeatedly.
  • Fixes a bug which caused the activation mode to always go to expired trial mode after an invalid serial number was entered. The activation mode now remains unchanged after an invalid serial number is entered.
  • Fixes a bug in SoftRAID Monitor which prevents the Upgrade & Support Plan dialogs from closing if the user clicks the checkbox which says "Don't display this warning again." This bug only occurs on maxOS 13.x.
  • Fixes a bug in the SoftRAID Monitor which prevents the license activated dialog box from appearing. This occurs when the user has an expired Upgrade & Support Plan and has previously selected the "Don't display this warning again" checkbox in the expired plan warning dialog box.
  • Adds code to delete the obsolete copy of the SoftRAID driver when running macOS 13.3 or later.
  • Changes the SoftRAID application so the serial number is always visible in the About window, even if the user is not an administrator.
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