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SoftRAID 4.3

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SoftRAID 4.3 is fully compatible with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. SoftRAID 4.3 adds support for Macintosh Firmware Updates. Users who have started up their Macs using SoftRAID RAID volumes can now apply Firmware Updates to their Macs. SoftRAID 4.3 improves the robustness of mirror volumes. With this release, SoftRAID mirror volumes are now much more tolerant of disks which fail right in the middle of a read or write operation. SoftRAID 4.3 improves support for SSDs (Solid State Disks) when TRIM is enabled. SoftRAID 4.3 command line functions have also been improved. We encourage Administrators to create scripts to alert them to potential issues with their disks before a failure occurs. All parts of the SoftRAID product now run as 64-bit code. This means that under Snow Leopard and Lion (Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7), the application will launch faster and be more responsive. The mirror rebuild algorithm has been optimized to use less CPU time. The new algorithm uses 50-75% less CPU time than the one used in previous versions of SoftRAID. This change also speeds up all mirror rebuilds. On SSDs, rebuilds can be 10 - 50% faster On disks which support larger transfer sizes, SoftRAID will perform mirror rebuilds in larger blocks (up to 4 MB). This results in 10 - 20% faster rebuilds. All verify, zero and certify disk operations now use larger blocks (up to 16 MB) on disks that support them. This results in a 10-15% speed increase of these operations. SoftRAID can now resume a zero, verify or certify disk operation. If you quit SoftRAID during one of these operations and then relaunch it the next day, SoftRAID will allow you to resume the operation where you left off. The SoftRAID driver now supports TRIM commands for all brands of SSDs when running under Lion (Mac OS X 10.7). This can dramatically increase the useful life of SSDs. Unlike most other RAID solutions, SoftRAID even supports TRIM on stripe volumes (RAID 0). Support for TRIM commands can be disabled in the SoftRAID preferences. The SoftRAID Monitor has new code for sending out email notifications. The code in previous versions of SoftRAID would fail to send out emails 1-5% of the time. The new code is much more reliable. SoftRAID can now detect when an SSD is worn out. This works on most brands of SSDs which are currently shipping except those sold by Apple. This also works on Intel SSDs and SSDs using the SandForce controller which were shipped in the past couple of years. The SoftRAID application now displays the "media life remaining" in the expanded disk tile of a SSD. When the SSD indicates that it has less than 10% of its media life remaining, SoftRAID will display a warning dialog. You can also configure SoftRAID so that the SoftRAID Monitor will display a dialog at startup or send you an email notification when your SSD has less than 10% of its media life remaining. The compression algorithm used for Tech Support Reports has been changed. Tech Support Reports are now 8 times smaller and can be reliably sent as email attachments. The SoftRAID Tool can now display the raw SMART data from a disk. To display the the SMART data from all disks, use the following command: "softraidtool disk all getsmartdata". When creating a stripe volume (RAID 0), SoftRAID now supports stripe unit sizes of up to 1 MB on FireWire disks when running under Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) or later. The SoftRAID application is now much better at detecting disk hangs. It can detect a disk hang during most SoftRAID operations and will indicate the disk offset where the hang occurred.

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  • SoftRAID 4.3 is fully compatible with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. SoftRAID 4.3 adds support for Macintosh Firmware Updates. Users who have started up their Macs using SoftRAID RAID volumes can now apply Firmware Updates to their Macs. SoftRAID 4.3 improves the robustness of mirror volumes. With this release, SoftRAID mirror volumes are now much more tolerant of disks which fail right in the middle of a read or write operation. SoftRAID 4.3 improves support for SSDs (Solid State Disks) when TRIM is enabled. SoftRAID 4.3 command line functions have also been improved. We encourage Administrators to create scripts to alert them to potential issues with their disks before a failure occurs. All parts of the SoftRAID product now run as 64-bit code. This means that under Snow Leopard and Lion (Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7), the application will launch faster and be more responsive. The mirror rebuild algorithm has been optimized to use less CPU time. The new algorithm uses 50-75% less CPU time than the one used in previous versions of SoftRAID. This change also speeds up all mirror rebuilds. On SSDs, rebuilds can be 10 - 50% faster On disks which support larger transfer sizes, SoftRAID will perform mirror rebuilds in larger blocks (up to 4 MB). This results in 10 - 20% faster rebuilds. All verify, zero and certify disk operations now use larger blocks (up to 16 MB) on disks that support them. This results in a 10-15% speed increase of these operations. SoftRAID can now resume a zero, verify or certify disk operation. If you quit SoftRAID during one of these operations and then relaunch it the next day, SoftRAID will allow you to resume the operation where you left off. The SoftRAID driver now supports TRIM commands for all brands of SSDs when running under Lion (Mac OS X 10.7). This can dramatically increase the useful life of SSDs. Unlike most other RAID solutions, SoftRAID even supports TRIM on stripe volumes (RAID 0). Support for TRIM commands can be disabled in the SoftRAID preferences. The SoftRAID Monitor has new code for sending out email notifications. The code in previous versions of SoftRAID would fail to send out emails 1-5% of the time. The new code is much more reliable. SoftRAID can now detect when an SSD is worn out. This works on most brands of SSDs which are currently shipping except those sold by Apple. This also works on Intel SSDs and SSDs using the SandForce controller which were shipped in the past couple of years. The SoftRAID application now displays the "media life remaining" in the expanded disk tile of a SSD. When the SSD indicates that it has less than 10% of its media life remaining, SoftRAID will display a warning dialog. You can also configure SoftRAID so that the SoftRAID Monitor will display a dialog at startup or send you an email notification when your SSD has less than 10% of its media life remaining. The compression algorithm used for Tech Support Reports has been changed. Tech Support Reports are now 8 times smaller and can be reliably sent as email attachments. The SoftRAID Tool can now display the raw SMART data from a disk. To display the the SMART data from all disks, use the following command: "softraidtool disk all getsmartdata". When creating a stripe volume (RAID 0), SoftRAID now supports stripe unit sizes of up to 1 MB on FireWire disks when running under Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) or later. The SoftRAID application is now much better at detecting disk hangs. It can detect a disk hang during most SoftRAID operations and will indicate the disk offset where the hang occurred.

For Video Professionals, Server Administrators, Publishers, Graphic Designers, and anyone who relies on the integrity of their data! SoftRAID 3 takes your existing hard disks and groups them together to give you more speed, capacity and/or instantaneous backup.

No more need of a hardware solution to get RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) protection. Now SoftRAID 3 lets your OS X system have all the benefits of RAID with your own Macintosh and hard disks.

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