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SoftRAID Lite
RAID Utility Software

Mac / RAID 0 & 1
Powered by the advanced SoftRAID Engine
The Essential Software RAID Utility
Software RAID for Mac Made Easy
With the release of OS X El Capitan, Apple removed support for the creation and management of software RAID in Disk Utility. In El Capitan, software RAID can only be created and managed using Terminal commands, leaving a gap in functionality for most people using software RAID with the most current OS. SoftRAID Lite comes to the rescue, bringing software RAID 0 and 1 back to your Mac while adding the unparalleled disk health monitoring of the SoftRAID engine. For anyone who needs the basic speed or data security features of RAID 0 or RAID 1, SoftRAID Lite delivers advanced features built on the same technology as SoftRAID 5 at a value price.
Create & Manage Software RAID 0 & 1
SoftRAID Lite delivers essential software RAID functionality to your Mac, providing support for creation and management of RAID 0 and RAID 1 volumes for any two drive array in OS X, including external drives in an enclosure, or any combination of drives connected externally. SoftRAID Lite is fully bootable and can be installed on any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later.
Enterprise-class Drive Health Monitoring
Because it's powered by the SoftRAID Engine, SoftRAID Lite features the most advanced disk-health monitoring tools available for Mac, including SMART reporting, an "hours-of-use" monitor, and block level health analysis. This means you're always aware of the status of the individual drives in your array, keeping your data safer.

SoftRAID can now detect problems which are occurring on the Thunderbolt port of a Mac. These problems can cause disks to be ejected while in use. When these errors occur, SoftRAID notifies the user and suggests possible ways to keep these problems from reoccurring.
Predictive Failure Analysis
A benefit of the comprehensive health monitoring, SoftRAID Lite constantly watches for key failure indicators. Going beyond SMART error reporting, SoftRAID Lite reliably predicts more than 50% of catastrophic disk failures several weeks ahead of occurrence, so you have advance warning to protect your data.
Exhaustive Drive Certification
SoftRAID Lite offers a complete, multi-pass drive certification procedure that writes and reads from every sector on the target disk - considerably more thorough than manufacturer testing. In fact, up to 5% of all new hard drives, having passed manufacturer testing, fail SoftRAID disk certification. With SoftRAID Lite, you gain peace of mind, knowing that all the disks in your array are safe to use.
The SoftRAID monitor always runs in the background, giving you constant notifications about the health and status of your SoftRAID lite array and alerting you to imminent drive failures.
New Language Support and Error Logging
With the release of SoftRAID version 5.5, both the SoftRAID and SoftRAID Monitor now offer support for English, French, German and Spanish.

Additionally, SoftRAID now includes an entirely new error logging mechanism, which can handle multiple, simultaneous message logging without truncation or scrambling, making it much easier to figure out which disk is failing and why.
Full Version Also Available
If you would like the ability to create RAID 5 volumes, please click here for the full version.


System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements (Mac)

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or greater
  • 64-bit Intel powered Mac

Supported Drives

You can use any drive which you attach directly to your Mac. This includes:
  • Internal and external SATA drives
  • SSDs (Solid State Drives)
  • Fibre Channel and SAS drives
  • USB 2 and USB 3 drives
  • FireWire drives
  • Even USB flash drives
  1. Current version SoftRAID Lite, fully compatible up to Mac OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'.
  2. SoftRAID Lite is also upgradeable to SoftRAID (retail)
Manufacturer provided specifications for SoftRAID p/n SOFTRAIDLDVD UPC#: 851382006025


  • SoftRAID Lite Application
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Release Notes

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.6 / 5 3 out of 3 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 5/5 Works good June 26, 2016 Good alternative to not having RAID within iMac. Glad price was lower than usual. I don't like adding third party software unless I have to. But this works great. I use RAID0. Although some are apprehensive about 0, but it works and I have three backups as I do photography.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Switzerland Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 RAID 0 is back in El Capitan! January 5, 2016 My trusted 2009 MacPro has2 SSD in RAID 0 as system disk and 4 WD HD in RAID 0 as working storage. SoftRAID lite has enabled me to finally upgrade to El Capitan ... and promptly flagged one HD as "will fail soon". Nice to be able to swap in a new HD and save myself the task of restoring terabytes of data.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Franklin, PA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Does what I need it to do December 5, 2015 I got this to replace the now missing OSX RAID abilities. This does the basics; I just needed some RAID 0 and 1, with no fancy stuff.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

SoftRAID SoftRAID Lite RAID Utility Software Mfr P/N: SOFTRAIDLDVD OWC SKU: SFRSOFTRAIDLDVD Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac. Create, manage, & monitor RAID 0 & 1 arrays, predict disk-failure, & in-app notifications. Software: non-refundable Ships: Same Day only $49.00
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