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(@ew241d)
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I see that Softraid 6.0 will be fully compatible with APFS disks and volumes and that it is currently in beta testing. Is there any rough timeline of when it is expected to be released in its full version?

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Topic starter Posted : 26/11/2017 9:25 pm
(@softraid-support)
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We are not far enough along to give anything close to an ETA. It will be a while, as this is a major upgrade to accommodate as many of the new possible features in APFS as we reliably can.

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Posted : 27/11/2017 12:06 pm
(@marroc)
New Member Customer

Hello, I am looking at purchasing softraid, however notice that V 6.0 is pending. Please advise ETA and Upgrade process and costs. Its it best that I hold off until release? Thank you

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Posted : 24/03/2018 4:00 am
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

Sorry, we do not have any estimate on either question to give you. It is too early.

SoftRAID 6 is a ways away, is all I can say at this time.

thanks!

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Posted : 24/03/2018 1:30 pm
(@gerhardmiller)
Active Member Customer

Hi there SoftRAID team,

any news on ETA of V6?

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Posted : 02/06/2018 5:43 am
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

If you are asking about the beta, there will be an update shortly. If you are asking about 6.0, it is not ready for any announcements yet. We will have substantial work to do with it.

thanks!

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Posted : 02/06/2018 3:14 pm
(@rnsjunkmail)
Active Member Customer

It is now September 12th a few months after this was asked last time... What is the ETA for the 6.0 Beta and is there a place where we can find the latest news on v6?

Many of us are looking forward to this next major release and would like to be able to go to a single place to get the most current and accurate info on it and give input and comment.

Thank you in advance for your reply and for creating and constantly maintaining and improving SoftRAID!!!

One satisfied User of many!!!

Robert

If you are asking about the beta, there will be an update shortly. If you are asking about 6.0, it is not ready for any announcements yet. We will have substantial work to do with it.

thanks!

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Posted : 12/09/2018 2:13 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

There were so many major changes in Mojave, we paused SoftRAID 6 development to work on SoftRAID version 5.7. This ensures that we have a Mojave compatible release of SoftRAID for our users, while we go back to version 6 development.

We have many features coming with version 6, including RAID 6, support for encrypting volumes and full support for APFS. So this major development undertaking will take time.

We may be able to get SoftRAID 6 done by the end of the year, but it may stretch into early 2019, we do not know.

Be patient with us, we want to get version 6 out as soon as possible, but we can not rush it, quality can take longer, but as our users know, ensuring high quality and outstanding reliability is well worth it!

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Posted : 12/09/2018 3:55 pm
(@jim80z)
Active Member Customer

We have many features coming with version 6, including RAID 6, support for encrypting volumes and full support for APFS. So this major development undertaking will take time.

Hi

I thought I saw in another thread that Mojave + Softraid will not boot off a RAID volume eg I have a Tempo SSD Pro Plus with two SSDs in stripe under soft raid control and it boots in High Sierra no problems (rock solid for many years). Will this still work under Mojave and Softraid 6.0 as a feature?

Thanks

Jim

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Posted : 16/09/2018 6:48 am
(@softraid-support)
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Apple does not support starting from RAID volumes in Mojave. So users who boot from Mirrors or RAID volumes are going to need an alternate solution.

We do not think we will be able to work around this, as even if we did, a simple OS X update could disable our attempts.

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Posted : 16/09/2018 6:40 pm
(@jim80z)
Active Member Customer

Apple does not support starting from RAID volumes in Mojave. So users who boot from Mirrors or RAID volumes are going to need an alternate solution.

We do not think we will be able to work around this, as even if we did, a simple OS X update could disable our attempts.

Understood, thank you for the clarification.

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Posted : 16/09/2018 6:47 pm
(@rnsjunkmail)
Active Member Customer

Apple does not support starting from RAID volumes in Mojave. So users who boot from Mirrors or RAID volumes are going to need an alternate solution.

We do not think we will be able to work around this, as even if we did, a simple OS X update could disable our attempts.

Perhaps you can help me on a possible misunderstanding I may have... I have a 2017 27" 5K iMac i7 with a 1TB Apple NVMe SSD. I am under the impression that it is using two 0.5TB NVMe SSDs as a RAID 1 drive to achieve the speeds it has (AJA lite 4GB file 2400+ MB/s Read and 2100+ MB/s Write). If I am not misinformed, couldn't SoftRAID do the same thing. Perhaps this is a h/w NVMe setup that looks to the system like a single volume? Even then I am confused since APFS and Core Storage, I thought added an additional layer of abstraction? Thank you in advance for helping me understand this a little better. Thank you too for giving us updates in this threads as you have.

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Posted : 05/10/2018 12:58 am
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

The iMac Pro has two PCI slots. When two NVMe drives are installed, they are intermixed as if one drive (LUN). They are not striped together, nor concatenated. they are simply treated as a single device.

Disk Utility will only see one LUN, also.

So Apple can partition this LUN as if it were a single drive, and hence, boot from it.

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Posted : 05/10/2018 6:19 pm
(@calbear88)
Eminent Member Customer

Hi, I was wondering if softraid 6 will support converting a existing HFS+ mirrored volume into a APFS mirrored volume while preserving data on the disk.

Thanks

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Posted : 16/10/2018 10:02 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

We are intending to add this feature, yes, as long as we can prove in testing that the process is reliable, we will be using an OS X tool to perform this.

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