SoftRAID
SoftRAID
5.8

4.1

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SoftRAID

5.8
12 October 2019

High-quality RAID management.

Overview

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID allows the user to create and manage RAID 4 and 5 volumes, RAID 1+0, and RAID 1 (Mirror) and RAID 0 (Stripe) volumes. SoftRAID also provides "predictive disk failure", where users are alerted to potential disk failures even before they fail.

SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set make this utility a must-have for any OS X Server admin, "Pro" user, photographer, digital-video editor, or desktop user who wants more reliable backup for his computer.

What's new in SoftRAID

Version 5.8:
  • Includes important bug fixes and changes that improve SoftRAID compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina

41 SoftRAID Reviews

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Xenophon
11 May 2011

Most helpful

Very nice app, but with some gripes. It seems to be rock-solid (in my case the arrays survive a lot of mishaps, e.g. kernel panics) and very well-supported. My questions to the developer get answered immediately. Still, I find a couple of things bothersome. First, the licensing policy: only one machine is allowed full functionality (in the past, SoftRaid could be installed liberally to any computers one owns). Second, the lack of some sort of knowledge base in their website. To me, this is a serious problem as storage setups become increasingly complex (FW, eSATA, PCI cards, etc) and some guidance would be very useful to the average home user. Overall, however, this is good software (version 4.0.5).
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Version 4.0.4
okai-1
09 October 2018
Can SoftRAID 5.7 build RAID 50 (5 +0) arrays, if not 6?

I am planning to build RAID 50 with 10 bay tower casing with 10 500MB HDDs with 5 volume array each for RAID 5 (say, array 1 and array 2) and then mirrored with RAID 0. It's for SNS use and does not necessarily need speed and size for the arrays. 2.5TB each suffice, if not overkill.
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Version 5.7
mrsidoric
14 September 2018
After using this on two OWC ThunderBay RAIDs I am deeply disappointed in the product, and OWC who is cramming this obsolete technology on unsuspecting customers. SoftRAID is a serious kludge for modern users. I've lost confidence and respect in OWC.
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Version 5.7
3 answer(s)
tvalleau
tvalleau
15 September 2018
You're not specifying what issues you're having. It might just be (as it has with been with me time and again, OWC's often flaky hardware. Specifically, what causes you to say that SoftRAID is "not reliable" and "inefficient?" How are you testing "efficiency?" What are your symptoms of "unreliability" ? Just curious, because I've got over 40 years of professional experience in the industry, and came to exactly the opposite conclusion.
Strikes me that you have some kind of vendetta going.
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mrsidoric
mrsidoric
15 September 2018
Vendetta is totally correct:
(1) SoftRAID driver often fails or buggy after macOS upgrades
(2) SoftRAID suffers performance issues even when registered
(3) SoftRAID often fails to recognize fully-qualified drives
(4) SoftRAID recovery is nigh on impossible
Also, for the record – SoftRAID is sold using a very sneaky business model by OWC. The write buffer disables after trial. Why not just be honest and offer SoftRAID as a part of the quite expensive ThunderBay?

Hardware RAIDS are proven and reliable. Curious how they compare with software RAIDs: Details here: https://www.adaptec.com/nr/rdonlyres/14b2fd84-f7a0-4ac5-a07a-214123ea3dd6/0/4423_sw_hwraid_10.pdf
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tvalleau
tvalleau
15 September 2018
Thank you for your reply. Hardware RAIDs may or may not be better. Generally they are a tiny bit faster. If something goes wrong, however, you cannot simply upgrade them; you buy a new card. (Unlike you, I have experience with and use both.)

I have never had SoftRAID fail after an OS upgrade.
You still are saying nothing about WHAT "performance issues"
I've never had SoftRAID fail to recognize a drive, and I have spinners, SSD from at least 6 different brands.
Hardware raid failures are impossible to recover as well.

I'm done. It's a tie: your anecdotal non-evidence, and my mine. I'm done here. The conversation is irrational, and I'll leave the last word to you, if only to prove that point. :-)
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tvalleau
14 September 2018
Some folk's reviews here are mind-boggling. SoftRAID is one of the most acclaimed and widely accepted soft-RAID solutions. I myself have been running it on all my drives, (13 actively connected; some RAIDed - some not; some spinners; some SSDs) for well over a decade. In those 10+ years, I can attribute ONE issue to it, about 7 years ago. Is it fast? According to BlackMagic I can edit all types of vide except2160p50/p60 10bit YUV 4:2:2... and I do. Everyone has different hardware, skill levels and experience, so these reports are all just anecdotal.
My "anecdote" is that I'm trusting my entire setup, and my business to SoftRAID and have for about 14 years, and based on 16/6 experience, I'm going to continue to do so.
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Version 5.7
mrsidoric
07 May 2018
Two issues: > SoftRAID is just not reliable or efficient, it is a bygone technology snarfed up by OWC > The 'demo' lite version is a crappy marketing technique to extract another $179 from purchasers of the already-pricey ThunderBay. AVOID SoftRAID and ThunderBay at all costs.
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Version 5.6.7
picturepal
18 January 2016
Mixed feelings. I acquired Softraid Lite under the impression it could convert an Apple Raid 1 system into a Softraid system. To this day this function isn't implemented despite the fact that the very nice people from the customer service department kept promising: "soon, very soon..." So back-Up and complete rebuild. After that it is running solidly. But promising functions that never appear is a bit lame.
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Version 5.1
Donmontalvo
04 November 2015
Absolutely, positively, top 10 in my tool chest.
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Version 5.1
2 answer(s)
Hoondi
Hoondi
04 November 2015
As an owner of a previous version of SoftRAID, I'll never trust this software with my data ever again due to the corruption I encountered.
If you value your data, take a look at OpenZFS. https://openzfsonosx.org.
This "was" the filesystem Apple was about to adopt before Oracle acquired Sun. That in itself tells you something about how significant ZFS is.
It's the only filesystem that enables you to verify your data. Something that SoftRAID probably won't do for a very long time.
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Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
13 April 2016
OpenZFS sounds great at a water cooler chat. Its a very slow solution requiring a ton of ram, then it is still slow, just a smidgen less so. SoftRAID is the real deal. Apple have included it for years with OS X Server. Not sure anymore today since they spun off Server as its own app. SoftRAID does a great job doing what it is designed to do.
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Xenophon
03 November 2015
Very solid software, nice support, have been using it for close to a decade: a 5-star product. However, it's kind of expensive if one wants to deploy it in multiple locations. I would have liked a more liberal licensing policy, of perhaps a single desktop / single laptop license, which enables switching disks between RAID arrays. Myself, I'll keep using SoftRAID for years to come on my main rig, but installed OpenZFS on all other systems.
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Version 5.1
Alanterra
04 August 2015
Softraid 5 seems to be extraordinarily reliable as well as extraordinarily capable. While Apple's Disk Utility can set up RAIDs, SoftRAID gives you more options, and the interface is years better. I have always worried that when a disk fails, I won't know how to add a new disk back to my RAID 5 to restore the redundancy. With SoftRAID I know that it will be easy. SoftRAID also allows you to set up RAID 4, which has better performance in certain circumstances. It is also being actively developed. I found a small bug in it, corresponded with the developer, and he says that it will be fixed in the next release. Try doing that with Apple's software! Go to SoftRAID's website for benchmark speeds—my experience is that these are the speeds that you can expect. If you want fast or reliable or fast + reliable disks, use SoftRAID.
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Version 5.0.7
Meister-Fritz
07 April 2015
I had virtually no experience with RAID configurations other than establishing one based upon directions and Disk Utility. This software removes guess work and the user will know what he/she is getting. It is pricey, but it leaves little to the imagination and dissolves frustration.
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Version 5.0.7
Flechtwerk
20 February 2015
I combined today three SSDs in an old MacPro of my customer and built a small but lightning fast server for a workgroup. This software works fantastically. I like the professional documentation. Thank you.
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Version 5.0.6
$179.00

4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.5 or later
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