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Softraid 3 and Paragon APFS for windows Compatibility

 ffk
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With the implementation of MacDrive in Softraid for windows, will there be an issue if Paragon APFS for windows is installed?

Will the 2 softwares play nice together?

Could it be made possible to not use or completely disable the limited hfs+ drivers that softraid uses?

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Topic starter Posted : 29/12/2021 5:57 am
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Why do you think the SoftRAID HFS is limited, btw.

I have not tested this, but I don't see how there would be a conflict, as Paragon will only affect APFS volumes.

Are you trying to use APFS on a SoftRAID RAID volume in Windows?

SoftRAID will not work with the Paragon APFS driver. We are nearly ready for beta with our own APFS drivers.

We are testing to avoid conflicts

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Posted : 29/12/2021 11:09 am
 ffk
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Posted by: @softraid-support

Why do you think the SoftRAID HFS is limited, btw.

Good to hear I can still use APFS for windows, for now... Reading the release notes on the lastest windows update, Softraid and HFS+ for windows appears to be a problem. So I can see APFS for windows and Softraid also becoming an issue once you release your APFS drivers.

 

Why do I think Softraid HFS is limited...

Using just softraid, my other drives formatted as HFS+ are not seen by windows.  With Paragon HFS+ I can get access to all my non softraid HFS+ drives and the softraid ones.  I am unsure if HFS+ for windows is actually able to recognize a softraid array in HFS+ because you can't turn off the HFS feature in Softraid. You can remove the softraid driver entirely but that will just make all arrays unseen by windows.

And now I can't even install Softraid if HFS+ is installed which leaves me with a "limited" driver for HFS+ if I have softraid installed.

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Topic starter Posted : 15/01/2022 10:28 am
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@ffk 

I understand now. SoftRAID for windows assumes you are only managing SoftRAID volumes. You want to add MacDrive to support all HFS volumes.

I think there is a conflict between Paragon and SoftRAID both trying to mount HFS volumes, so MacDrive would be necessary to support all drives.

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Posted : 15/01/2022 11:21 am
 ffk
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Posted by: @softraid-support

@ffk 

I understand now. SoftRAID for windows assumes you are only managing SoftRAID volumes. You want to add MacDrive to support all HFS volumes.

I think there is a conflict between Paragon and SoftRAID both trying to mount HFS volumes, so MacDrive would be necessary to support all drives.

Not a cost effective solution. But it is OWC... so that explains that...

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Topic starter Posted : 15/01/2022 3:51 pm
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@ffk 

Its both a business (support) and a technical decision. SoftRAID has its own driver, and is only supporting disks that it controls. Yes there is a lot of commonality with the MacDrive and SoftRAID drivers, but there are differences. So MacDrive remains a separate product. Perhaps in time, that can change.

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Posted : 15/01/2022 4:32 pm
 ffk
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Posted by: @softraid-support

@ffk 

Its both a business (support) and a technical decision. SoftRAID has its own driver, and is only supporting disks that it controls. Yes there is a lot of commonality with the MacDrive and SoftRAID drivers, but there are differences. So MacDrive remains a separate product. Perhaps in time, that can change.

Aside from the fact that Softraid obviously would rather you throw money at it's sister company and not use Paragon HFS+... what are the problems with paragon hfs+ and softraid?... cause I have softraid and hfs+ installed and all seems ok.

 

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Topic starter Posted : 15/01/2022 8:29 pm
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What I have heard is HFS volumes can get corrupted volume directories. I had a case where launching SoftRAID application in Windows caused the macOS volume to be corrupted, when paragon HFS is installed.

We prevent installing SoftRAID for Windows when Paragon HFS is installed

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Posted : 15/01/2022 9:29 pm
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