SoftRAID
SoftRAID 4.5.3
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SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set makes this utility a must have for any Mac OS X Server admin, "Pro" users, Photographers, Digital Video editors and desktop users who wants more reliable backup for his computer.
What's New
Version 4.5.3:

New features:

  • This version of SoftRAID adds support for Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9). It recognizes the new location where third party drivers are loaded and is able to correctly detect SoftRAID drivers loaded at this location.
  • This version uses a new update mechanism for detecting and loading future versions of SoftRAID.
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a bug which caused the SoftRAID application to display volumes in EFI partitions. This bug only occurs when running Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9). (The EFI partition is found on all disks formatted on Intel Macs and contains code used early in the boot process.)
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the SoftRAID application to hang.
Version 4.5.3:

New features:

  • This version of SoftRAID adds support for Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9). It recognizes the new location where third party drivers are loaded and is able to correctly detect SoftRAID drivers loaded at this location.
  • This version uses a new update mechanism for detecting and loading future versions of SoftRAID.
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Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later



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Nontroppo commented on 23 Oct 2013
And if you have a look on the ZEVO forums, a very uncertain future as Zevo is currently broken on 10.9 with no clear plans other than tweets for assurances. We all wish ZFS was the way forward, but Softraid is the rock solid NOW compared to ZEVO's still to arrive FUTURE...
[Version 4.5.3]


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Donmontalvo reviewed on 07 Aug 2012
We have been using SoftRAID for years on Apple servers and workstations. Apple includes the SoftRAID driver on their servers, a testiment to how good it is.

ZEVO...ya know, I gave them a shot, spent a few buckx on a license...wouldn't you know, they sold the product to another company.

Yea....so much for ZEVO being a solid, supported solution. Not only have they flown under the radar (taking our money in the process), they just dumped on all their customers. Bye, bye ZEVO.

SoftRAID...as always, recommended if you want bullet proof performance and excellent support from a solid company with a rock steady history.

Don
[Version 4.3.2]

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Spectral7 replied on 21 Aug 2012
Hey Don, they are going to continue development....so we can only hope that RAID-Z/Snapshots will come at some point. I am using ZEVO on a few drives and overall it works well. Just missing those "promised" features that we all wanted. I think at the end of day we will move to storage appliances in long run and move away from direct attached storage.

Softraid hands down is a better solution than Apple RAID and does not lock you into hardware RAID cards which do fail and leave you in a bad situation. As drives are getting bigger we are starting moving sites away from RAID 5 to RAID 10 which IMHO will provide better protection.
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ylluminate replied on 21 Aug 2012
ZEVO is still a solid product and the support is great. Don who is now with GreenBytes continues to be very responsive and I'm very excited for this wonderfully solid product. If you have doubts about the product or your license, etc., you should email their support.

Re: RAID-Z / Snapshots, they work fantastic. I've been using them for about 10 months now. If you haven't been able to use them for some reason you should contact support.

I'm exceptionally happy with ZEVO and I can clearly see that it's presently the ONLY option we have for a robust filesystem on Mac OS X. SoftRAID unfortunately just doesn't cut it in that it still has HFS+ sitting on top of it. That's the real problem, it's not that SoftRAID is a bad product, it's just that they've built it to work with an exceptionally poor product that Apple continues to push on us.

Let's all get behind a product (like ZEVO / GreenBytes) that SOLVES the problem, vs just allows a poor piece of junk like HFS+ to persist. The more we complain and push Apple to address the core issue, the more likely we are to see real solutions to our woes.

I know TWO people who have recently (within the past month) lost data purely by virtue of HFS+. SoftRAID doesn't help. DiskWarrior can't always solve the problem (as in these cases, Disk Warrior did no good). It's HFS that is the enemy of our data and nothing but a new filesystem can resolve that (which SoftRAID does not do for us).
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Donmontalvo replied on 21 Aug 2012
@ylluminate wrote:

"I know TWO people who have recently (within the past month) lost data purely by virtue of HFS+."

That's what backups are for. :) LOL

Well in any case, that's good news. Hopefully we'll see an actual supported product released soon. ;)

Don
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ylluminate replied on 21 Aug 2012
Backups == downtime. RAID-Z == keep on trucking except for insane catastrophic failure, and then it's just a matter of running remote replication for an easier backup regiment.
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Donmontalvo replied on 21 Aug 2012
Failover ≠ Backups
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lamontDakota replied on 03 Sep 2012
@Don: see http://www.getgreenbytes.com/blog.

@Spec: yeah, right.
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Donmontalvo replied on 03 Sep 2012
@Longboy Thanks for the link...I really hope ZEVO matures into a well supported, widely used product, so we can use it IN CONJUNCTION with SoftRAID (which is a mandate for all our servers).

Don
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lamontDakota replied on 03 Sep 2012
@Don: "I really hope ZEVO matures into a well supported, widely used product"

My thought exactly!
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Stef.pugl@alice.it reviewed on 27 Jul 2012
This is not professional grade software;
after several emails my freeze/crash issues still exist!!!!!
support was useless in my case

this software is definitely NOT compatible with my book thunderbolt duo
[Version 4.3.2]


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Xenophile commented on 08 Jun 2012
Meh. I'm using a CalDigit PCIe RAID card in my Mac Pro and couldn't be happier. It's faster than software RAID, and IMO more stable, at least with a quality controller.

IMO, you're either serious about RAID, or it's just a toy to play with on a hobby computer. If you're serious, get a hardware controller, if not, use Mac OS X's software RAID support.
[Version 4.3.2]


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Xenophon reviewed on 25 Feb 2012
Nice update.

I use SoftRaid with all my personal data (total = 13 2Tb disks in three 5-bay eSATA enclosures) and can't be happier.

I also have MacZFS on another 5-bay enclosure and that too is nice (but can't match the convenience of SoftRaid).

The ZFS-implementation competition appears to be around the corner, which can only be a good thing for us end-users; I'm sure SoftRaid will evolve further!
[Version 4.3]

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ylluminate replied on 06 Jun 2012
ZEVO eats MacZFS and SoftRaid up in terms of performance now. If you give ZEVO a shot, you'd probably want to use `ashift=13` for larger drives (measurable benefit for my 2TB drives) and `zfs create -o atime=off -o utf8only=on -o casesensitivity=insensitive -o normalization=formD -o compression=lzjb` when creating a volume. Of course with ZEVO you can use the GUI, but I like the additional control of the shell.
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Donmontalvo replied on 07 Aug 2012
ZEVO was just sold to another company...yea, looks like a lot of us are suckers for trusting them. ;)
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Xenophon reviewed on 11 May 2011
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).
[Version 4.0.4]


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Xenophon reviewed on 11 May 2011
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).
[Version 4.0.4]


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Xenophon reviewed on 11 May 2011
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 4.0.4]


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Hoondi commented on 17 Mar 2011
This software is dead..

Don't believe me?

Checkout http://z410.tenscomplement.com/ then!!

ZFS puts this software to shame and it's time everyone knew it.
[Version 4.0.2]

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Stevejj replied on 05 Apr 2011
Like everyone just can't wait to entrust their precious data to beta warez. Sheesh, get a clue dude.

SoftRAID has saved many of my clients (and my company too) from data loss. I'd rather have tried and true than glitzy fritzy any day.

The SoftRAID team has been exemplary in their support, and very careful about releases being solid. Sorry mate, I'll stick with what works, long trusted track record and all.
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Hoondi replied on 06 Apr 2011
Now please Stevejj,

get a clue huh?

How bout doing some homework and realise that Sun was bought out by Oracle prmarily for ZFS!

You have a funny idea of what beta warez means; considering ZFS has been on the scene for almost 10 years now!

But hey, you just keep your data on a RAID'ed FS that knows nothing about silent data corruption... I'm sure you're client will find this perfectly acceptable.

Want anymore clues?
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Xenophon replied on 06 Apr 2011
There has been talk about ZFS since the days of Snow Leopard release (ca 2009). Granted, a ZFS implementation does exist (in google projects), but no one in their right minds would use beta software for production --- I agree with Stevejj. ZFS is great where it belongs: Oracle Solaris Express, Nexenta, OpenIndiana and the rest.

Regarding SoftRaid: to my mind, it is an excellent Apple RAID replacement, allowing troubleshooting (and recovery). It is good value and support is exemplary (Saturday night you get answers from Mark James). It also appears to be faster than Apple RAID, which I never got to actually trust with my data!

One gripe, however: one can only license a single workstation at a time, which means that migrating a disk to a different Mac is cumbersome. In the past, SoftRAID was so much more liberal: you got unlocked updates by email, and were allowed unlimited installs.

Nice software, 4.5 stars, I think.
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ylluminate replied on 06 Apr 2011
I have to say, ZFS is absolutely needed for Mac OS X. I've been beating this drum before it was ever announced initially by , however this post wafts of marketing thrust since the site discloses nothing of real value or interest.

So, yes, ZFS is not just desirable, but necessary for Mac OS X. HFS is terrible. SoftRAID is fine for what it does, but nothing resolves the FS issues we've been facing for a decade here with OS X. It is indeed time for a decent actual FILE SYSTEM for the OS and ZFS fits the bill very well. I run it on FreeBSD and it is an absolute blessing and relief to know that I have no bad blocks through continual background scrubbing. We all deserve that kind of peace of mind.

Having worked with thousands of hard drives, initial silent data corruption through bad blocks / sectors is the real criminal we need to be attacking and ZFS is the only viable solution that has a real implementation for us at the moment, which is an option at all for Mac OS X. So yes, bring it on and bring it fast, but please don't advert vaporware or such at the moment. A script that accomplishes what these folks at tenscomplement.com could be written in a weekend rather easily, particularly lifting work that's already done. Sounds like you're just gauging interest right now. Again, this isn't really the place nor do I believe it's appropriate.
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Donmontalvo replied on 06 Apr 2011
Hoondi, the day ZFS is offered by Apple is the day enterprise folks will start testing. SoftRAID is still the best solution for software RAID1 (bar none).

Don
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Hoondi replied on 06 Apr 2011
At least someone understands around here, thank you ylluminate.

Don't know about the vaporware comment, considering:
http://code.google.com/p/maczfs/ has existed for years now
and tenscomplement released a beta program last month, of which (I admit) I am a part of and am really enjoying the experience.
But I can say with a clear conscience that I'm not part of any "marketing" effort, and proof is in my previous posts I've made here about softraid back on 14 Jan 2008 (2nd page of comments).

Suggesting that a "script" can be written over a "weekend" to port ZFS to OSX is offensive and you know it. I'm sure the guys over at maczfs and FreeBSD would not agree with you.

But you are correct about this not being the place for this discussion, so I encourage anyone interested in ZFS on OSX to go to the link above and see for yourselves.
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ylluminate replied on 06 Apr 2011
1) tenscomplement is vaporware unless you are in the beta program. That is to what I was referring. They should say more about what they are doing as I don't even see a mention of ZFS on their site. The ZFS project for Mac OS X is NOT vaporware and I have proselytized it quite heavily on some various news sites and even noted it on Wikipedia. I am very familiar with what they are doing.

2) you are wrong about the script for Mac OS X. It CAN be done in a weekend. I have a background in computer science and I could do this in a weekend based on existing BSD licensed projects that are already production ready and I've been using and testing. So no, not offensive at all. You just have to know what you're doing and if you don't, sure you might consider it offensive. Further, I didn't say you'd have a full gui working that meets  ui guidelines, but you could have a web based one up in no time flat.

So yes, anyone interested in ZFS go to the root project, not another beta on top of an alpha-beta quality offering from the core team: http://code.google.com/p/maczfs/ -- Again, this is not equal to a RAID, that would be a RAID-Z (I run RAID-Z2 that allows for two drives to fail simultaneously, RAID-Z3 supports 3 drives failing at once). It's great and indeed far better than SoftRAID in many regards, if you want to compare apples to pears because we're still not 100% comparing apples to apples here since SoftRAID allows HFS+ to run on it, where as RAID-Z requires ZFS to be the FS. Anyway, good luck!
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ylluminate replied on 06 Apr 2011
Anyone interested, here's an interesting writeup that tells what this z-410 really is and is about: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/03/how-zfs-is-slowly-making-its-way-to-mac-os-x.ars
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ylluminate replied on 19 Dec 2011
Just to get back here, I've been using Z-410 here for the last few months now. This is the real deal guys. Z-410 is *it* for storage on Mac OS X and it's coming down the pike fast. Still in private beta, but my goodness, you'd better keep your eyes peeled as it's a wonderful life having it at my disposal.

Hopefully it will come out of beta soon and you guys will be able to get your hands on this real gem.
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Finrod63 replied on 25 Feb 2012
ZFS has now come to Mac with ZEVO Silver edition. For RAID 1, you will need Gold edition, due anytime now. I have been beta-testing, and this is great news to me.
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Rsavignard reviewed on 14 Mar 2011
Excellent software that i use to protect my most valued information, as my photos archive : a main disk with 2 mirrored disks, one of them always offsite with a rotation.

Most of all, incredible support, with immediate answers : Mark just helped me to recover a disk that I thought dead (din't mount anymore), by sending me a file and a command line, after sending him a report generated by SR : kind of magic..
[Version 4.0.2]


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