SoftRAID Line and the Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID USB 3.0 enclosure are a great combination. Like most everything Mac; They Just Work!I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from OWC SoftRAID Lite Advanced RAID Management Utility for Mac and Windows PC - Physical Disc (DVD).
When I bought this particular product, I understood it to be a version discounted as a bundled premium for also purchasing a Thunderbolt bay. I was wrong -- it was a hobbled product that works only with disks in a Thunderbolt bay. The webpage really does not make this clear.
Had I known this, I would have opted for the regular SoftRAID Lite product instead. It is my intention to occasionally pair up a third drive temporarily to each volume in rotation, to store as an offsite backup, for which I was going to use an open-top Drive Dock when necessary, but this version doesn't allow me to do this.
I thought I would make sure other customers are aware that this limitation exists.This review is from OWC SoftRAID Lite XT Advanced RAID Management Utility for Mac and Windows PC - Physical Disc (DVD).
SoftRAID was very easy to use and had even more advantages over Apple’s RAID administration: it will verify a disk before its use, and monitor it to warn you if it starts going bad. It also can validate the condition of a RAID volume.
I had a lot of fun trying the various RAID levels. RAID0 (striped) approached 3G SSD speeds. Using four disks, I set up two RAID1s and them mapped them into a RAID0, giving me the reliability of the former and the speed of the latter.
Note: verifying a disk takes a looong time (days), but you’ll want to do this if you plan to use them for critical applications.I would recommend this item to a friend!
If you would like to use software raid on your Mac, this is the package to get since the Mac OS does not support any sort of Raid 5 or better directly.I would recommend this item to a friend!