The better and simpler way to RAID
SoftRAID is the powerful yet easy-to-use software RAID platform that maximizes drive capacity, offers faster performance, and protects against data loss. It’s ideal for voluminous data roles including audio/video production and editing, photography, graphic design, database servers, financial applications, and more.
Easy RAID creation
SoftRAID guides you through RAID volume creation, helping you decide what RAID system suits you best
Don’t want your volume any more? SoftRAID helps you safely delete it without risking your data.
*In a RAID 0 configuration, one failed drive results in a total loss of data. Only RAID levels with redundancy (1, 4, 5, 6, 6+, 10) can support the loss of one or more drives.
Advanced RAID levels
With SoftRAID Lite, you’re limited to creating 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 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 No having to spend days backing up from the cloud or retrieving data off backup disks which may be out of date.
Real-time email notification of disk errors so users can take immediate action to protect their data. You’ll get email notifications 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.
Command line interface to manage repetitive and advanced RAID sets tasks.
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.
SoftRAID makes you SMARTER
Don’t just rely on S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) to learn if your data is at risk. SoftRAID goes further by constantly monitoring your disks with a combination of S.M.A.R.T. attributes along with its own I/O statistics. This deeper disk health analysis provides a much richer data set to predict potential problems before you lose data.
Unchains Hardware RAID Limitations
SoftRAID unchains you from expensive hardware RAID technology that’s not upgradeable or expandable. With SoftRAID, you can spread volumes over two or more drive enclosures for mind-boggling performance over a single hardware RAID device. Additionally, SoftRAID utilizes your computer’s advanced processing power versus the slow processors found in most hardware RAID enclosures. The result is a fast and flexible RAID array that has negligible impact on your computer system or applications.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of SoftRAID over a hardware RAID is that it you’re not locked into specific hardware in order to access your data. With SoftRAID, you can replace a bad enclosure or upgrade to a new enclosure, the drives can then be moved, and you can access your data without skipping a beat. In contrast, if a hardware RAID system fails and it’s out of production or is no longer supported, all the data could be lost!
Improving a proven history
For over 25 years, SoftRAID has been the most fully featured, robust, and powerful software RAID solution available for macOS. Now, for the first time ever, it’s available for Windows users too!
SoftRAID makes it easier to maintain mission-critical workflows which saves you time and money. With SoftRAID, you’re no longer locked into expensive hardware RAID technology that’s not upgradeable or expandable.
OWC hardware and software teams work together daily to create unmatched and
powerful RAID solutions that deliver the lighting fast speed and rock-solid protection
our demanding customers rely on.
Losing data can be catastrophic. That is why users turn to RAID solutions to
manage and preserve critical work and personal files. Packed with features like active predictive disk failure monitoring and multiple array volume spanning, SoftRAID gives you the flexibility to accomplish things faster than ever before, all the while knowing your data is protected from start to finish.