SoftRAID vs. SoftRAID Lite – which should you choose?

Both version of SoftRAID use the same code base, but we’ve added additional RAID levels and monitoring to the full version of SoftRAID.

With SoftRAID Lite you are limited to RAID 0 and RAID 1, there’s no email notification and you don’t get access to free email support (among other limitations).

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When it comes to knowing if you have a bad disk, there’s no difference between SoftRAID and SoftRAID Lite. They both use the same application code to test and monitor your disks, alerting you if a disk has problems before you use it, or if it’s about to fail during use.

SoftRAID FeaturesSoftRAID LiteSoftRAID
OS SupportMac and WindowsMac only
(Windows support coming)
RAID Levels SupportedRAID 0, 1 RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 (10)
Disk Certification
Volume Validation
Drive Verification
Fast Rebuilds
Disk Monitoring
Email Alerts
Command Line Interface
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For the first time ever, you can use SoftRAID on your Mac and your PC. SoftRAID Lite for Mac and Windows brings incredible speed, security, and shareable cross-platform RAID access to
macOS and Windows.

SoftRAID Lite gives you the ability to create super-fast RAID 0 sets or ultra-secure RAID 1 sets and protects your data with extensive drive health monitoring.

With the new Windows version of SoftRAID Lite, sharing data has never been easier. Built with MacDrive technology, SoftRAID. Lite allows you to create and use HFS+ RAID sets in both macOS and Windows computers so you’ll never have to worry about disk formats again.

SoftRAID gives you all the features found in SoftRAID Lite, plus three additional, advanced RAID levels to offer even more protection and security options. In addition to RAID 0 and 1, SoftRAID adds RAID 4, 5, 1+0 (10) for even more speed, security, and flexibility when working with larger RAID sets.

SoftRAID takes data security to another level and makes sure you are always in the loop with custom email notifications that let you know immediately when there a disk error so you can take immediate steps to protect your data.

Disk Testing and Monitoring

With SoftRAID Lite, you can create either RAID 0 or RAID 1 volumes. This is fine if all you want is a fast scratch disk for photo editing (RAID 0) or an ultra-safe set up where every file is copied to a second (or third) disk (RAID 1). However, while useful in certain situations, these two RAID levels are limited: RAID 0 in terms of safety—it offers no protection from disk failure, and RAID 1 in terms of speed—it’s slow as it has to constantly copy everything you write to a second, or third, disk.

With the full version of SoftRAID, you’re able to create RAID 4, 5, and 1+0 (10) volumes. With RAID 4, 5, and 1+0, not only are you able to access your files super fast but if a disk fails, files on the failed disk can speedily be recovered or recreated, so you can carry on working without losing either data or time.

Only with the full version of SoftRAID, can you work both fast and securely, with peace of mind from knowing that your work won’t get interrupted even if the worst happens and one or your disks completely disappears: your data is safe and so is your deadline. No having to spend days backing up from the cloud or retrieving data off backup disks which may be out of date.

With SoftRAID Lite you’re missing out on the true power of SoftRAID to provide both fast data access AND safety from disk failure.

With SoftRAID Lite you’ll also miss out on: Email Notifications.

With the full version of SoftRAID when there is an error so that you know about it as soon as it happens and can take immediate steps to protect your valuable data. SoftRAID Lite won’t give you these email notifications.

Command Line Interface

SoftRAID Lite doesn’t provide the command line interface that you get with the full version of SoftRAID. You can use the command-line interface to connect to SoftRAID via a remote shell, without having to launch a screen share session. You can also use it for remote monitoring services such as Nightwatchman and for shell scripts which include SoftRAID commands. There’s also a great man page for SoftRAID’s command-line interface, and you will miss out on all of that if you have SoftRAID Lite.

Free Email Support

The full version of SoftRAID includes access to our outstanding personalized email support. This is not included with SoftRAID Lite, where standard support is via the SoftRAID Support Forum. If you have SoftRAID Lite, and need personalized email support, you can purchase this—on a per-incident or annual basis—via SoftRAID’s purchase page.

No Other Differences!

Apart from the differences listed above, all other features of SoftRAID Lite are the same as the full version of SoftRAID.

Can’t decide? Try it for free first!

If you can’t make up your mind between SoftRAID and SoftRAID Lite, you can always download and try the FULL version of SoftRAID free for 30 days and use that time to make your decision.