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Strange lite vs xt

(@tsilva)
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I just find it somewhat weird that the lite version of softraid allows the use of non OWC enclosures, yet the XT version does not. I mean I choose to upgrade my OWC Thunder Bay drives to the flex and have a third party small enclosure as my time machine yet I can do nothing in the softraid software with it. Yet the lite version will support third party enclosures?

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Topic starter Posted : 08/10/2021 12:26 am
(@softraid-support)
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I understand. Lite only does RAID 1 and 0. We are trying to maintain value on the higher features of SoftRAID, but offer a value for those who only need RAID 0 or 1. I understand what you see, but SoftRAID Pro is required for third party enclosures with RAID 5.

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Posted : 08/10/2021 8:01 am
(@tsilva)
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@softraid-support that’s fair, but again this enclosure is a time machine for the OS and software ON THE computer. It is a hand sized 2 TB single drive who’s sole and only purpose is to make up a backup of the OS and programs/software/documents, including softraid, on the physical computer. So that if the computer fails I can take the time machine to another computer(Mac) restore and carry on without having to download ever update/software to the new system and continue with out much delay. More or less it’s a redundancy in case of error, and keeps the information/data on OWC drives isolated from non essential data related to what’s on the drive. 

I still find it strange that the base software has that utility feature and doesn’t carry forward until you hit the top tier of the softraid. I can understand limiting it in the base and adding more utilitarian abilities as you purchase the higher tiers.

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Topic starter Posted : 08/10/2021 5:29 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@tsilva

Figuring out licensing options can be a bit messy, yes.

In your case, I would keep the Time Machine in Apple Disk Utility format. the only real gain in SoftRAID format is tracking disk errors, not as critical in a Time Machine backup. If it is not USB, SoftRAID will still track SMART data on the drive, regardless of disk format.

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Posted : 08/10/2021 9:37 pm
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