OWC announces the release of SoftRAID 6.2 for Mac
Software solution offers compatibility with macOS 12 Monterey and support for APFS volumes
Posted: October 26, 2021, 11:37 a.m. EDT|Update: 1 hour ago
WOODSTOCK, Illinois., October 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – OWC®, the first zero-emission Mac and PC technology company, and a respected supplier of memory, external drives, SSDs, Mac and PC docking solutions and performance upgrade kits, announces the availability of SoftRAID 6.2 for Mac, adding compatibility for the new macOS 12 Monterey and for the first time, support for APFS volumes.
SoftRAID is the most powerful and intuitive RAID management software on the market for macOS and Windows. It has impressive features like multiple RAID options and predictive drive failure monitoring that deliver a level of performance that you can’t get with hardware RAID. The all-new SoftRAID 6.2 builds on this solid foundation with new technologies and features, making it the most powerful RAID utility available.
What‘s New in SoftRAID 6.2 for Mac
SoftRAID 6.2 adds support for the all-new macOS 12 – Monterey.
For the first time ever, SoftRAID supports the creation, management and monitoring of APFS volumes and allows access to encrypted APFS volumes created with Disk Utility1
The redesigned SoftRAID driver provides a new method of handling TRIM commands on SSDs. The new mechanism is 3 times faster than before. What does this mean in the real world? For example, using SoftRAID with an OWC Accelsior 8M2 PCIe card allows continuous data transfer at over 10 Gb / s! This level of performance is not possible in previous versions of SoftRAID and is not possible with RAID volumes that do not use TRIM commands, such as Apple RAID.2
“SoftRAID is for anyone who needs to securely store and back up important data, including audio / video professionals, photographers, archivers, families and small businesses,” said Tim standing, OWC VP of Software Development – Mac. “SoftRAID offers vast advantages over hardware RAID and makes catastrophic data loss a thing of the past. “
At the heart of SoftRAID is RAID creation and management technology that has been refined over 20 years of development. Multiple RAID levels give you maximum volume capacity, optimal disk efficiency, data protection, or a combination of attributes. SoftRAID is perfect for anyone who needs to store and back up massive amounts of data securely.
Strengths of SoftRAID:
- Universal: SoftRAID works with both Mac and Windows and built-in OWC MacDrive technology lets you seamlessly move SoftRAID volumes between operating systems
- Advanced: Create RAID 0/1/4/5/1 + 0 (10) with Macs, RAID 0/1 with Windows machines
- Simplified: Disk tiles are grouped by enclosure, making it easy to track multiple disks
- Licenses: easily activate, deactivate and add additional seats at a reduced price
- Protected: SoftRAID Monitor continuously monitors your drives and alerts you if problems are detected
- Validated: Volume validation ensures that sectors can be read and parity is correct
- Certified: Check drives before use to ensure they are safe for data storage
- Alert: error prediction helps protect against unexpected failures
SoftRAID is powerful yet easy-to-use RAID software that maximizes drive capacity, delivers faster performance, and protects against data loss. It is ideal for big data roles including audio / video production and editing, photography, graphic design, database servers, financial applications, and more. It is the brains of running, maintaining, and protecting your RAID arrays.
Pricing and availability
SoftRAID 6.2 is a free upgrade for current SoftRAID 6 users and discounted upgrades are available from the OWC software store (https://software.owcdigital.com) for SoftRAID 5 users. SoftRAID also comes with some OWC cases including ThunderBays, ThunderBlade, Express 4M2, Mercury Elite Pro Quad, Mercury Pro U.2 Double and Accelsiors. As always, you can test SoftRAID for yourself, FREE, with the full 14-day trial.
SoftRAID 6.2 for Mac is compatible with macOS 10.12 or later, including macOS 12. Apple silicon Macs (M1) require macOS 11.3 or later. SoftRAID 2 for Windows works with Windows 10. SoftRAID is licensed per computer, additional discount seat purchases are available https://software.owcdigital.com.
Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is dedicated to helping Mac and PC enthusiasts do more and go further. We believe in sustainability and OWC solutions are truly designed to last, go the distance and allow users to maximize the technology investment they have already made. OWC‘S operation offers leadership in corporate sustainability, with our head office among the first in the world to achieve the LEED Platinum OWC label and includes an award-winning technical support team as well as an unrivaled library of DIY videos. and step-by-step information. From home office to corporate rack, corporate backup to secure medical data, recording studio to film set and beyond, there should be no compromises, and that’s why OWC is the.
The SoftRAID team has been producing high quality applications for over 20 years. SoftRAID pioneered many critical features including fast mirror rebuilds, full email notification, bootable RAID volumes, disk certification, RAID volume validation, TRIM support at all RAID levels, prediction of disk failure, etc. SoftRAID has earned its reputation as a rock solid product with excellent technical support.
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1 SoftRAID can create unencrypted APFS volumes, one volume per container. SoftRAID cannot create encrypted volumes but supports Disk Utility encrypted volumes.
2 TRIM commands allow the file system to notify SSDs when a file is deleted and allow SSDs to erase flash memory, which is the file deleted in the background, so that it is ready for subsequent writes on the volume. For more information on SoftRAID and TRIM, visit https://www.softraid.com/using-softraid/ – ssd.
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