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SoftRAID Lite XT
RAID Utility Software for Mac & Windows + OWC Storage Solutions

The Best RAID Solution in the Universe
The powerful and intuitive software RAID utility for macOS and Windows that offers maximum volume capacity, optimum drive performance, data protection, or a combination of attributes with selectable RAID levels.
SoftRAID Lite is the powerful and intuitive software RAID utility for macOS and Windows that offers you the choice of maximum volume capacity, optimum drive performance, data protection (redundancy), or a combination of those attributes via selectable RAID levels. Packed with data center-level features like active predictive disk failure monitoring and multiple array volume spanning, SoftRAID Lite is ideal for anyone who needs to safely store and backup massive amounts of data including videographers, editors, audio producers, photographers, database and media managers, advertisers, archivers, and more.
SoftRAID Lite Highlights
  • Flexible: create RAID 0 and 1 volumes with SoftRAID Lite (Windows and Mac)
  • Verify: volume validation ensures sectors can be read, parity is correct, and any potential volume failure is minimized
  • Certified: drives are validated before use to ensure they are safe for data storage
  • System-wide predictive disk-failure analysis
  • Vigilant: predictive warnings help protect against unexpected drive failure
  • Cross-platform ready: SoftRAID Lite includes built-in MacDrive technology that lets you read/write SoftRAID RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays and use them interchangeably with Windows and macOS computers
  • Outperforms: up to 86% faster than AppleRAID
  • Thorough: full TRIM support improves internal and external SSD performance in all RAID levels
  • Risk-free: 30-day free trial of fully functional application
Improving A Proven History
As a leading developer of external drives over the past two decades, OWC began offering multi-drive units pre-configured with SoftRAID for enhanced data storage capabilities. Since SoftRAID provided many of the same features customers expected from its hardware, OWC acquired SoftRAID in 2014. Combining our hardware and software teams has resulted in to the easiest to use, most fully featured software RAID package and RAID solutions available. 
The Security of Advanced Monitoring
Getting work done fast while keeping your data safe is paramount. When it comes to protection, SoftRAID was designed to keep you working worry-free. SoftRAID validates that new disks are error-free before use, warns you when a disk is about to fail, and even keeps you working if you lose a drive1. All these advanced monitoring tools work in the background to ensure you're constantly protected from a catastrophic, project-killing data loss.
Boost Productivity with 24/7 Monitoring
SoftRAID constantly checks the health of your disks and volumes and will immediately email you a warning when an issue is detected such as a volume is almost full, or a disk is failing. 24/7 monitoring boosts your productivity and confidence your computer can be left unattended while it processes data intensive tasks and project renders. SoftRAID email notifications are also perfect for IT professionals managing server volumes as they can alert to potentially malicious attacks with real-time notifications for high network traffic and high CPU loads.
SoftRAID makes you SMARTer
Don’t just rely on S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) to learn if your data is at risk. SoftRAID goes further by constantly monitoring your disks with a combination of S.M.A.R.T. attributes along with its own I/O statistics. This deeper disk health analysis provides a much richer data set to predict potential problems before you lose data.
The Cross-Platform Workflow Consolidator
For the first time ever SoftRAID Lite enables you to share SoftRAID volumes between a Mac and a PC. Built with MacDrive (another OWC brand), SoftRAID Lite allows you to create, read, and write HFS+ RAID 0 and RAID 1 sets on both macOS and Windows computers. Sharing data between Macs and PCs has never been easier.
Unchains Hardware RAID Limitations
SoftRAID unchains you from expensive hardware RAID technology that’s not upgradeable or expandable and gives you access to your data wherever you are. A SoftRAID license gives you full control of RAID volumes including creation, management and deletion. If other users need to access data, simply install SoftRAID for read/write access.
SoftRAID also enables you to spread volumes over two or more drive enclosures for mind-boggling performance over a single hardware RAID device. Additionally, SoftRAID utilizes your computer’s advanced processing power versus the slow processors found in most hardware RAID enclosures. The result is a fast and flexible RAID array that has negligible impact on your computer system or applications.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of SoftRAID over a hardware RAID is that it you’re not locked into specific hardware in order to access your data. With SoftRAID, you can replace a bad enclosure or upgrade to a new enclosure, the drives can then be moved, and you can access your data without skipping a beat. In contrast, if a hardware RAID system fails and it’s out of production or is no longer supported, all the data could be lost!
Easy Management Interface
SoftRAID’s intuitive interface makes creating and managing RAID volumes easy. All you have to do is decide what the RAID volume will be used for and how much space to use (with hints from the application) to put your RAID plan into action.
Try SoftRAID for Free for 30 Days
Sudden disk failure can cost time, money, and gulp…quite possibly your business. Eliminate that risk by trying SoftRAID completely free for 30 days and see firsthand how it can protect you and your data. Fully functional with no features disabled, this SoftRAID trial provides all the great disk checking and monitoring and easy volume creation attributes that made SoftRAID the most popular RAID setup and management app for years.
  1. NOTE: The full version of SoftRAID is Mac only. SoftRAID Lite (RAID 0, 1) works with both Mac and Windows. .

Product Specifications:

Manufacturer Part Number

  • SOFTRAIDLTBY

Mac OS Compatibility

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina

PC OS Compatibility

  • Windows 10 64-bit Edition

Other Requirements

  • SoftRAID for Mac requires OS 10.10.5 or later

RAID Levels Supported

  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
Manufacturer provided specifications for SoftRAID p/n SOFTRAIDLTBY UPC#: 851382006025

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Includes

  • (1) SoftRAID Lite XT Software Installation DVD
  • (1) SoftRAID Serial Number (required for installation)
  • (1) Quickstart Guide
  • (1) Release Notes

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 5 out of 5 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: jeancass Location: coosbay oregon Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great for Certifying Disks September 7, 2018 I bought this to certify new disks. Works like a charm. Easy to figure out, and is a great tool at a great price!

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from SoftRAID Lite for Mac & Windows - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1). Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: JBBob Location: Ft. Worth, TX Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 SoftRAID Line & Mercury enclosure are a great combination! November 2, 2017 I had used SoftRAID Lite to create a RAID1 for my main TimeMachine using another enclosure and was not happy with the fact that the drives, nor the fans in that enclosure never shut down, even when the computer was asleep. Fortunately, I created the RAID using the independent mode of the enclosure and SoftRAID Lite. I ordered a Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID USB 3.0 enclosure to move my backup to and was worried I would have to reformat and start my TimeMachine over from scratch. Fortunately when I received the Mercury enclosure all I had to do was install the drives. . . they came back up running RAID1 and my TimeMachine was only off line for less than thirty minutes. This Mercury enclosure shuts down the drives and its fans when not in use.

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 SoftRAID Lite for Mac & Windows - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1). Customer Videos:

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Reviewer: macsrwe Location: Arizona Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Hobbled version of a great product November 8, 2016 As far as the SoftRaid software goes, I really like its feature set, interface, and reliability. First rate.

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.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cupertino, CA Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 A must for critical applications - easy to use as well July 21, 2016 I bought this along with a used Mac Pro which I then outfitted with an SSD boot drive and four other HDDs. This allowed me to try out various RAID configurations.

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! This review is from SoftRAID for Mac - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1/4/5/10).

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
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! This review is from SoftRAID Lite for Mac & Windows - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1).

Verified Buyer Top 50 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Palm Bay, FL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Working great March 4, 2016 I have no complaints about this software. In fact it does more than I expected as it gives you a great report on the status of your hardware, disk errors, etc...

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! This review is from SoftRAID for Mac - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1/4/5/10).

Verified Buyer
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! This review is from SoftRAID Lite for Mac & Windows - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1).

Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
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! This review is from SoftRAID Lite for Mac & Windows - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1).

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Germany Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very good. July 24, 2015 Works as supposed; No Problems; OWC very helpful in Support.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from SoftRAID for Mac - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1/4/5/10).

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Reviewer: Valobal Location: Mexico DF Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great RAID solution April 2, 2015 It has a possibility to setup disk on RAID 5, and more over a MacPro OSX. It works great without problema until now and since 3 months ago.

I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from SoftRAID for Mac - Bring Software RAID Back to Your Mac (RAID 0/1/4/5/10).

OWC SoftRAID Lite RAID Utility Software Mfr P/N: SOFTRAIDLTBY OWC SKU: SFRSOFTRAIDLTBY Create, manage, & monitor RAID 0 & 1 arrays, predict disk-failure, & in-app notifications Software: non-refundable Ships: Same Day Only $49.00OWC Price $29.00
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