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Preparing Your Mac for SoftRAID Installation

SoftRAID 6 works with macOS 10.12 or later. Apple silicon Macs require macOS 11.3 and later. SoftRAID XT is only for select OWC storage solutions. For both OWC and third-party enclosure support, you will need SoftRAID Pro or Lite. There is no installer ...

Additional Installation Steps for Apple silicon Macs

If you are installing SoftRAID on an Apple silicon Mac, you will need to take these additional steps before completing the installation of SoftRAID: 1. Shut down the Mac by choosing Apple menu > Shut Down 2. Press and hold the power button until “Load...

Additional Installation Steps for Apple T2 Security Chip Macs

If you are installing SoftRAID on a T2 Mac, and are using macOS 10.15 “Catalina” or later, you will need to take these additional steps before completing the installation of SoftRAID: 1. Boot into Recovery Mode      a. Restart your T2 Mac, press and hol...

Completing SoftRAID Installation

• If you are using an Intel Mac and purchased a solution preconfigured with SoftRAID, double-click the drive icon and follow the steps below: • If you are using an Apple Silicon Mac, download the latest version of SoftRAID [https://download.owc.com/soft...

System Requirements

SoftRAID version 6 requires a Mac running macOS 10.12 or later. SoftRAID for Windows (v.3): PC: Windows 10 64-bit or later....

Using the 14-day evaluation

You can use SoftRAID on a trial basis for 14 days for free. At the end of the 14 day period, your SoftRAID volumes will still mount and you can use all the files on them but most SoftRAID features will be disabled. If you wish to continue using SoftRAID...

Best Practice: Watch the SoftRAID monitor

The SoftRAID Monitor is always watching for disk and volume errors. When it sees one, it changes the color of the indicator in the menu bar and puts up a dialog to get your attention. It also writes an entry in the SoftRAID log file so you can go back lat...

Best Practice: Certify Disks Before Use

When you certify a disk with the SoftRAID application, you are writing a pattern to every sector on the disk, reading the pattern back, and checking it. It is only after certifying a disk with SoftRAID before using it that you will know that the disk is t...

Best Practice: Replace predicted-to-fail disks

SoftRAID uses SMART data from each disk to determine if a disk is more likely to fail. It interprets this SMART data based on the results of a study performed by Google on consumer-grade disk drives. It checks the number of reallocated sectors and the num...

Best Practice: Investigate all disk errors

Modern disks are very reliable. In our lab, we see most disks able to handle over a billion read and write requests without encountering any errors. This is the number of requests a typical disk gets in 3–5 years of use in a workstation or server. If yo...

Best Practice: Use a UPS with RAID 4 or RAID 5

All modern RAID 4 and RAID 5 systems use a cache to improve write performance. This is true of both software RAID systems, like SoftRAID and hardware RAID controllers. The write cache allows the RAID systems to combine many small writes into a single larg...

SoftRAID Feature: Accelerated Rebuilds

This version of SoftRAID includes an upgraded RAID architecture. At its heart is a RAID engine, a software emulation of a RAID controller which has allowed us to add RAID 4, RAID 5, and RAID 1+0 volumes to SoftRAID version 6. Unlike most RAID controller...

SoftRAID Feature: Command Line Interface

MACOS [HTTPS://WWW.SOFTRAID.COM/DOCS/SOFTRAID-QUICK-START-GUIDE/SOFTRAID-FEATURES-YOU-SHOULD-KNOW-ABOUT/COMMAND-LINE-INTERFACE/#MACOS] In macOS, “softraidtool” is automatically installed the first time you run the SoftRAID application and can be accessed...

SoftRAID Feature: Hours on Disk

_SoftRAID for Mac only_ SoftRAID reports the hours of use for all disks. For disks that support SMART, this value is the actual number of hours the disk has been turned on (either with the platters spinning or when they are stopped). We recommend that y...

SoftRAID Feature: Validating volumes

Ever wonder if all the sectors of a volume are actually readable? Ever wonder if each disk in a mirror or RAID volume contains exactly the correct information? SoftRAID has the ability to validate volumes. This function uses the RAID engine. It reads ever...

SoftRAID Feature: SoftRAID Log

SoftRAID logs all SoftRAID-specific events and errors to a log file (macOS) or to the system event log (Windows). This gives you one place to go when you want to know what is happening with SoftRAID. TO ACCESS THE SOFTRAID LOG IN MACOS: Select “Show Sof...

SoftRAID Release Notes

You might want to read about the changes made since the last release of SoftRAID. You can see what features have been added and which bugs have been fixed. To read the Release Notes, open the “DOCUMENTATION” folder and then double click on the “RELEASE NO...