Most RAID products just protect you from losing files when a disk fails. SoftRAID does more. With the SoftRAID application you can easily create RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 volumes for data protection and redundancy. Verify your disks to make sure all sectors are readable and certify a disk to make sure it is completely reliable before putting your work on it.
If you'd like to add redundancy protection to an existing Apple® volume, SoftRAID can convert Apple volumes to SoftRAID without losing any files in the process. SoftRAID 5 can even convert existing Apple RAID volumes to SoftRAID RAID volumes, all without data loss.
You can also add a second disk to a normal Apple volume to turn it into a mirror. Alternatively, if you need to delete a RAID volume and start over, SoftRAID can help. SoftRAID can even warn you when a disk or volume is becoming unreliable before any failures occur.
The SoftRAID Monitor is always running even when you're not logged in to your Mac. It watches your disks and volumes for errors and will warn you as soon as a problem occurs. It can even even send you an email.
The SoftRAID Monitor can also predict when a disk is about to fail. Most disks will start having internal errors a week or two before they fail. The SoftRAID Monitor checks for these errors and and warns you if a disk is having problems and likely to fail.
SoftRAID 5 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.
When you validate a volume, SoftRAID will read every block on the volume to make sure it can be read without errors. If there is an error, the SoftRAID Monitor will warn you and will add an entry to the SoftRAID log file. You can continue to use your volume normally while the SoftRAID driver is validating it.
The driver watches to see if you're using the volume, and if you start reading or writing files on the volume, it stops validating for a second or two then resumes validation where it left off. You can even validate your startup volume without worrying about damaging your data.
Going the Extra Step in Validating SoftRAID Volumes
SoftRAID ensures your volumes are working properly by taking that extra step during the validation process. When SoftRAID validates a mirror or RAID 1+0 volume, it reads from each disk in a mirror set and compares the data. If the data from all the disks in a mirror set do not match, SoftRAID updates the disks so they are all identical.
When validating a RAID 4 or RAID 5 volume, SoftRAID reads the data for each block and calculates the parity information. It then compares the calculated parity information with the parity information stored on the disks. If the parity information on the disks is incorrect, SoftRAID updates the disks with the correct information.
Certify Your Disk to Ensure Performance
Now a days, disks are so big that manufacturers can't afford the huge amount of time it takes to test every sector on every disk. With SoftRAID's powerful Certify Disk feature, you can perform the test that should have been done at the factory. When you Certify a disk, you write, then read, every sector of the disk - more than once. This is the type of testing which should be done on each disk by the Manufacturer, and now you can ensure it's done on every disk you use.
SoftRAID Can Keep You Working Normally After a Disk Fails
If you use a SoftRAID mirror volume, every time you write out a file, the write goes to more than one disk at exactly the same time. If one disk fails, the other ones still have all the data on your volume. This is the type of protection SoftRAID can offer with advanced RAID Volumes, and keep your data safe.
Convert Your Existing Apple RAID Volumes To SoftRAID Volumes
Now, you can easily convert your existing Apple RAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID volumes and preserve all the files on those volumes. Additionally, you can convert a standard Apple RAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volume to a RAID 1+0, which continues to function after a disk fails.
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.