Other World Computing Launches SoftRAID 8 Setting a New Standard for Reliability, Speed and Data Safeguards

WOODSTOCK, Ill., March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Other World Computing®, the leading provider of computer hardware, accessories, and software that bring artistic expression and the digital world together for creative professionals and consumers of technology, today unveiled SoftRAID 8, a groundbreaking new software release that redefines RAID management for Mac and Windows environments.

Quickly accessing data with the right safeguards is a difficult balance. Whether it is enhancing multimedia production workflows, protecting critical business files, or ensuring uninterrupted access to valuable data, OWC’s SoftRAID is the ideal solution to manage RAID arrays. SoftRAID implements the latest performance technology unleashing remarkable speeds on a RAID system. Simply connect the drive array, format the preferred RAID level, and experience the breakneck speeds first-hand. RAID management has never been this powerful and easy to use.

The most powerful RAID tool on the planet just got better.

SoftRAID 8 introduces two simplified tiers, Standard and Premium, that provide essential data access, integrity, and updates.

SoftRAID Standard, a new free version, enables full access to RAID volumes, guaranteeing seamless full read/write data access. It provides the capability to rebuild and replace drives in the event of failure, ensuring continuous operation. Additionally, SoftRAID Standard provides access to the most recent updates and upgrades, offering a comprehensive toolkit for efficient RAID volume management across OS versions.

SoftRAID Premium, a new paid subscription tier, is set apart from other RAID solutions with the unparalleled protection and support. With the Premium tier, you will gain the ability to create ultra-fast volumes and benefit from enhanced data integrity through the SoftRAID Monitor. This monitoring tool consistently evaluates RAID performance, providing timely notifications via email about potential issues. This proactive approach enables data protection long before problems arise, sometimes with months of anticipation. Another key benefit of the Premium tier is access to OWC's support team to assist with troubleshooting volumes and critical disk health notifications.


"SoftRAID 8 is a game-changer, pushing the boundaries of RAID management with unparalleled efficiency and speed. It's not just an upgrade; it's a revolution in how we approach and enhance data security across Mac and Windows environments. With new RAID levels, boosted performance, and proactive health monitoring, SoftRAID 8 cements itself as the most powerful RAID tool on the planet,” said OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor.

What is New with SoftRAID 8

  • Performance: Up to 26000 MB/s with 4X the efficiency on macOS, up to 50% faster PCIe RAID 4, 5 write speed on Apple silicon machines1, and up to 175% faster RAID 5 speeds on Windows2.
  • Predict Failure to Prevent Failure: Enhanced health checks on flash arrays with expanded NVMe SMART monitoring within SoftRAID Monitor in addition to HDD / SDD monitoring.
  • Windows Enhancements: Windows adds support for RAID 4, APFS volumes, and SMART monitoring over USB.
  • Email Notifications: Receive rich email notifications with health reports and direct escalation to OWC Support3.
  • Future-Ready: SoftRAID now supports USB4 on both macOS and Windows, ensuring your RAID management is prepared for the next-generation USB arrays.

“I prefer to be behind the camera when working. So, avoiding unnecessary time waiting behind the computer for my files and data is a win,” said Nick Cahill, award-winning filmmaker and outdoor photographer. “I would say the performance of SoftRAID helps get me back behind the camera.”

SoftRAID 8 is the culmination of OWC's commitment to providing the most advanced RAID management solution across platforms. For more information, please visit owc.com or softRAID.com.

30-Day Risk-Free Trial
SoftRAID Premium offers a free 30-day trial, with access to all SoftRAID Premium features - disk checking, monitoring, and easy volume creation.

Pricing and Availability
SoftRAID Standard and Premium are available today via the OWC Software store. Standard is a free download and Premium can be purchased for $149.99 for the first year and $79.99/year thereafter. Additional seats and upgrades from previous version are also available. An active subscription is required to maintain SoftRAID Premium features.

SoftRAID 8 works with macOS 10.14 and later, Windows 10 and later, and Windows Server 2019 and later.

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC), founded in 1988, is committed to supporting and inspiring the imagination of Mac and PC enthusiasts worldwide through sustainable innovation, exemplary customer service, and American design. An entire spectrum of easy, DIY upgrade and expansion possibilities await MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutionsNetwork Attached StorageMemory Cards and ReadersSoftware Solutions and Performance Upgrade Kits solutions. All are backed with step-by-step videos and a global support team. 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. We have a long-term outlook on everything we do and believe in making a better world. From the home desktop to the enterprise rack, the corporate backup to secure medical data, the recording studio to the motion picture set, and beyond, there should be no compromise, which is why OWC is here.

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1 MacOS performance improvements require macOS 14.4. Write speed over PCIe on an Accelsior 8 M2 in a 2023 Apple silicon Mac Pro formatted in RAID 0.
2 Windows tests performed with OWC Accelsior 8M2, formatted with SoftRAID 8 as RAID 5 NTFS with maximum stripe unit size. Tested with AJA System Test, 5120x2700n5K RED, 64GB, 16bit RGBa, single file, disk cache disabled. 
3 available now on macOS, coming soon for Windows

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