SoftRAID offers total wrap-around disk drive protection from the deployment of a volume to its eventual breakdown. Disk manufacturers do not routinely take the added time to certify their products at the factory, and depend upon real-world usage to determine their reliability. This makes every hard disk a calculated risk, one which makes mission critical […]

 Recently, I was asked to review [SoftRAID]. …and it’s amazing how great it works. I opened the software after install and see a visualization of the hard drives in my computer. Below each picture of the hard drive is a status on the condition of the hard drive. This came in handy when SoftRAID notified me that one of my hard drives was close to the point of failure. I backed up the hard drive and continued to run on the same failing hard drive to test how accurate the software actually is. The next day the hard drive physically failed to the point of removal and scrap.

Without SoftRAID’s notification, I would not have backed up the info on this hard drive and most importantly, I definitely would have lost all the info on the hard drive.

SoftRAID literally saved my stored information from loss

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YBLTV features the story featured in our News page about how we at SoftRAID stand by older versions of our software—in this case SoftRAID 4, installed on a Mac Pro 5.1 at Futureproof Records, a UK music distribution company. 3½ years after setup, SoftRAID popped up an error dialog, informing Futureproof’s Phil Legg that his disk was failing. Despite the fact Phil was using an older, unsupported version, SoftRAID tech support got right back to Phil, advising him his disk might not even last a few days. Phil ordered new disks on the spot and thanked SoftRAID for saving the crucial data and applications which could have been lost, had SoftRAID not warned him.

I’d advise all small companies to consider SoftRAID for their data-storage needs. Many thanks!

A story with a happy ending and a satisfied customer, due to the SoftRAID team’s belief that no matter how old the version of SoftRAID, they stand by their software and its ability to protect the user against the disaster of disk failure

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Here are extracts from his article, translated into English (apologies for any translation issues)

While it is true there are already many and varied options for the management of hard disks (HDD) or solid state drives (SSD), these are likely to be oriented to the expert user with greater knowledge of how open and modify each disk, volume and partition. Not with SoftRAID which allows you to perform many expert functions automatically and, in other cases, with (only) a couple of clicks..so you can have a RAID 1 ready in a few clicks, and create a more complex setup within minutes.

…the first advantage we see immediately is the ease of use…with…the software utility called SoftRAID Easy Setup, whose name says it all: Easy to set up.

SoftRAID enters one of the complex markets in providing data management without risks for its clients, and it does it in a practical way and with friendly interface. Because of all the data that a photographic, design or architecture studio handles, having a RAID system is of paramount importance…[SoftRAID] allows you to securely protect your files through the implementation of RAID [volumes] on your disks in a practical, fast and smooth way.

SoftRAID 5.6 can be used by an expert user or a basic user. Its friendly interface allows you to perform straightforward steps, from the installation to the RAID [level] you want.

In the past, hardware RAID controllers offered the fastest performance. However, in my testing and daily work, I’ve NOT seen a significant slowdown when using SoftRAID. Plus, I enjoy the drive monitoring, RAID format control and system utilities provided by SoftRAID.

SoftRAID support is handled by Mark James and I just can’t say enough good things about him. He is knowledgeable, approachable, and, seemingly, never sleeps. I have also spoken many times with Tim Standing, CTO for SoftRAID. He, too, is good folks. I am pleased to use their products.

Read Larry Jordan’s full article: Product Review: OWC ThunderBay 4 mini (SSD RAID)

A Must-Have Disk Utility for Mac

One of my favourite utility programs for Mac… SoftRAID is basically a disk utility program that allows you to connect multiple hard drives together to act as one big hard drive. SoftRAID also has awesome features for testing disks before use, drive monitoring, and email notification of drive failure.

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Rob Lim
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