Tim Standing, OWC’s VP of Software Development for Mac, is a long-time friend and one of the planet’s smartest technologists. His new version of SoftRAID (7.5) works natively with the new version of Mac OS and is now available for download. 

In case you weren’t aware, SoftRAID is Tim’s invention and what better way to get to know the ins and outs of the software that we use than to ask the coder! Our show runner and host, Cirina Catania, sat down with Tim to get the low-down and share it with you.

Look around your office or studio or edit bay…how many external hard drives do you have around you?

Cirina’s company, Catania Studios, where this interview was recorded, manages literally hundreds of terabytes on RAID arrays and  individual hard drives…and their main server. There are drives that go on location and re-attach when the crew returns, drives that are used for backup or redundant shares in the office, drives that will ultimately end up in storage or drives that are busy working to keep our digital worlds … well, working every day.

We use SoftRAID from OWC to monitor all those drives and tell us IN ADVANCE when any of them might be getting just too tired to work properly anymore OR if they are about to fail for any reason! 

SoftRAID lives on our systems in each bay and works hard every day to report back to us about how our external drive are doing.

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ABOUT OWC: Other World Computing, under the leadership of Larry O’Connor since he was 15 years old, has expanded to all corners of the world and works every day to create hardware and software that make the lives of creatives and business-oriented companies faster, more efficient and more stable.  Go to MacSales.com for more information and to discover an ecosystem that serves your needs. As Larry says, “Our dedication to excellence and sustainable innovation extends beyond our day-to-day business and into the community. We strive for zero waste, both environmentally and strategically. Our outlook is to the long term, and in everything we do, we look for simplicity in action and sustainability in practice. For us, it’s as much about building exceptional relationships, as it is about building exceptional products.”

ABOUT OUR SHOW RUNNER AND HOST, CIRINA CATANIA: Filmmaker Cirina Catania, the Co-Founder and prior Executive Director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group Global, has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic, Discovery, etc. She was a senior executive at MGM-UA and United Artists and is a member of the WGA-West, the PGA, IATSE Local 600, NPPA, the National Press Club, and more. Cirina lives in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming for her projects or for clients, or speaking as a tech evangelist for companies such as Blackmagic Design and Lumberjack System. Cirina is the Founder and Executive Director of the High Media Collective (HSMC) a national nonprofit with top industry mentors bringing media literacy and new career pathways to classrooms across the country.

RELATED EPISODES: Tim Standing: All Drives Fail and Tim Standing SoftRAID, Storage & Pizza

This episode of OWC Radio was edited on Final Cut and Logic by Richard Taylor and Cirina Catania, recorded at the Catania Studios and story-edited using Lumberjack System’s Builder NLE. The music track is by Katrina Stone called “Best of Luck,” and licensed from Arlist.

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