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OWC Announces SoftRAID 5.7.3 Offers Support for Akitio

The SoftRAID update aligns OWC and Akitio for even smoother workflow for users.

OWC announced that their new SoftRAID 5.7.3 update will support the Akitio Thunder3 Quad X and Quad mini in the XT versions of SoftRAID.  

The SoftRAID development team strives continuously to make SoftRAID the most robust software RAID solution available, and this new release is no exception. With OWC’s recent acquisition of Akitio, this SoftRAID update brings tighter integration of OWC software RAID to even more RAID enclosures, enabling users to create and manage their data faster and safer.

Tim Standing, OWC’s Vice President of Software Engineering – Mac, said: “SoftRAID has supported users with Akitio enclosures for years now and can appreciate their quality construction and reliable performance. With OWC’s acquisition of Akitio, we are excited to now be working directly with their hardware design team and look forward to many innovative new products from them.”

Enhancements included with SoftRAID 5.7.3:

  • Fixed an issue which caused the “Zero Sectors” feature to fail on the second write, which can occur on NVMe blades having 4KB sectors and a maximum transfer size of 128KB.
  • Changes the way that SoftRAID tool reports fatal errors, now writing to the SoftRAID.log rather than the system.log file.
  • Adjusts the SoftRAID application, allowing users to disable the ThunderBay 6 registration notifications if they wish.
  • Resolved certify window display issue showing “15 minutes” menu item twice for the duration of the random access test. 

OWC’s SoftRAIDsoftware RAID solution brings technology found only in data centers to workstations and editing bays. With five different RAID volume levels, SoftRAID has users covered – whether the emphasis is on the safety of your data, the speed of accessing that data or the best of both.

SoftRAID 5.7.3 is a free update to users SoftRAID 5.0 and later. A free trial is available and SoftRAID can be purchased at

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  • Are there any plans on the Thunder2 Quad mini being able to use the XT version of SoftRAID?

    • Hi Kip! As of version 5.7.4, the Thunder2 Quad Mini is able to be managed using SoftRAID XT!