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OWC Holdings, Inc.
May 21, 2017
Mill Valley, CA, USA
Announcing SoftRAID version 5.6
OWC Holdings, Inc. announces the release of SoftRAID version 5.6, an upgrade release, featuring SoftRAID Easy Setup which makes it very easy to create RAID volumes, a new ability to monitor USB and FireWire disks for failure and impending failure, and a new translation of the product to Chinese.
Primary Changes/Updates in SoftRAID 5.6
SoftRAID Easy Setup is a new helper application which guides less technical users through the process of creating SoftRAID volumes. SoftRAID Easy Setup automates the process of configuring disks, making recommendations to help users set up their SoftRAID system. All users have to do is decide what the RAID volume will be used for, and how much space to use (with hints from the application) and SoftRAID Easy Setup does the rest.
SoftRAID 5.6 incorporates a new SMART over USB proprietary driver, which extends SoftRAID’s disk checking and monitoring to most USB and FireWire enclosures. SMART over USB checks disk health for most USB 3/3.1, and many USB 2 and FireWire 400/800 connected drives, and can predict future failure by identifying symptoms that correlate to a disk’s imminent demise.
SoftRAID 5.6 is now translated to Simplified Chinese. SoftRAID now supports 6 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
SoftRAID 5.6 fully supports Thunderbolt 3 devices with sustained throughput of over 2.5GB/s on a single Thunderbolt 3 bus. With SoftRAID you can even use 2 ThunderBolt 3 buses at the same time and create a volume which can read and write at over 4 GB/sec.
Email Notification has been updated to support recent security enhancements in smtp servers. Additionally, SoftRAID 5.6 includes support for almost all third party email servers.
Quick Start Guides have been updated for both SoftRAID and SoftRAID Lite to include an entire section on using SoftRAID Easy Setup. Quick Start Guides are localized to all six languages supported by SoftRAID: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.
SoftRAID 5.6 features improved failover handling in the event of Mirror (RAID 0), RAID 4, RAID 5, and RAID 1+0 disk failure scenarios.
SoftRAID 5.6 extends disk certification to all 4Kn (4 KB sector) drives
SOFTRAID 5.6 also includes numerous bug fixes, details of which can be found in the release notes.
SoftRAID Lite, just $49
For $49, users can purchase SoftRAID Lite and convert their AppleRAID volumes to SoftRAID. In addition to SoftRAID’s highly optimized driver, users can also take advantage of SoftRAID’s advanced disk testing, disk health monitoring, and logging features.
Great customer support
SoftRAID has some of the best tech support in the industry. We know our users don’t just work 9– 5 on weekdays, so our tech support team is available for help at nights and weekends, ready to get to the bottom of each and every customer problem. Don’t just take our word for it, visit our web site and see what customers say about SoftRAID: https://softraid.com/pages/comment/ customers_comments.html
SoftRAID is actively supported and improved
At SoftRAID, we don’t believe that software should be shipped and then forgotten. We are constantly refining and improving our product, because we love what we do and want it to be the best it can possibly be!
SoftRAID 5 requires an Intel based running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Support for TRIM commands on SSDs requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Partial list of SoftRAID Features
Support for all Intel based Macs with Core Duo 2 processors or later
Supports all versions of Mac OS X from 10.6.8 through macOS Sierra 10.12.x
Support for Thunderbolt 1, 2 & 3, eSATA, SAS, FireWire and USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 and USB-C
Convert AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID
Support for RAID 0, 1, 4, 5 and 1+0 (and non-RAID volumes) - (RAID 4, 5 and 1+0 volumes not available with SoftRAID Lite)
Support for TRIM (for SSDs) on all SoftRAID RAID levels
All SoftRAID volumes can be startup volumes
Supports volumes up to 4 petabytes (4,000 TB)
Supports up to 16 disks per volume and up to 32 volumes per Mac
Automatic rebuilding of out-of-sync RAID volumes
“Fast Rebuilds” for accelerated rebuild times
Disk error reporting; SoftRAID monitors and logs all disk errors (often ignored by Mac OS)
Email notification (not available with SoftRAID Lite)
Predictive failure analysis—giving advance warning of imminent disk failure—on all disks which support SMART, most USB 3, 3.1 and USB C disks (enclosures) and also many USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and 800 disks.
"Certify Disk" guarantees disks reliably read and write data (destructive, ideal for new disks)
"Verify Disk" ensures entire disk can be read (non-destructive test for any-time use)
"Validate volume" confirms your entire volume is readable and all parity data is correct
I/O and error counters for every SoftRAID disk and volume
Extended disk information including: hours of use, reallocated sector counts and media wear for SSDs
Disk labeling and LED blinking to aid in disk identification
Extensive logging of SoftRAID events
Command line interface with dedicated man page (CLI not available with SoftRAID Lite)
Built in recovery tools for recovering severely damaged partition maps
SoftRAID supports Mac OS from 10.6.8 to 10.12 Sierra
SoftRAID version 5.6 is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X from 10.6.8 through the latest release of macOS 10.12 (Sierra). We work hard to ensure that SoftRAID is ready for every new Mac OS release.
30 Day Trial
SoftRAID version 5.6 is available as a fully functional trial version, allowing prospective customers to download and try all the features of SoftRAID for 30 days for free.
SoftRAID version 5 is available for just $179 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via email. It can be purchased online at www.SoftRAID.com/store, through your Apple Certified Consultant and via retail outlets worldwide.
SoftRAID Lite is available for just $49 for the electronic download version and includes support via our online forum. SoftRAID Lite supports only non-RAID, stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes. It can be purchased online at www.SoftRAID.com/store, through your Apple Certified Consultant and via retail outlets worldwide.
Users of SoftRAID version 4 can purchase an upgrade to version 5 for $89.
For more information about SoftRAID version 5.5.5 or to receive a review copy, please contact us at email@example.com.
The SoftRAID team is headquartered in Mill Valley, California, and has been developing high quality applications for Mac OS for over 18 years. During this time, SoftRAID has earned its reputation as a rock solid product which comes with great technical support.
SoftRAID has been shipping for Mac OS X since 2003. SoftRAID has been first to market with many key features including: fast mirror rebuilds, full email notification, bootable RAID volumes, disk certification, RAID volume validation, TRIM support on all RAID Levels, disk failure prediction and more.
SoftRAID and the SoftRAID logo are registered trademarks of OWC Holdings, Inc.