Following OWC’s recent acquisition of Akitio comes the news that an update of SoftRAID supporting Akitio products is now available, aligning OWC and Akitio further to allow for an even smoother workflow for users.

SoftRAID 5.7.3 brings five different RAID volume levels to users, whether the emphasis is on data safety, the speed of accessing that data, or the best of both, according to Tim Standing, OWC’s vice president of Software Engineering – Mac. The update supports the Akitio Thunder3 Quad X and Quad mini in the XT versions of SoftRAID. Standing says that enhancements within the update include:

° Changes in the way that SoftRAID reports fatal errors, now writing to the SoftRAID log rather than the system.log file;

° Resolution to a certify window display issue showing “15 minutes” menu item twice for the duration of the random access test;

° A fix to an issue that caused the “Zero Sectors” feature to fail on the second write, which can occur on NVMe blades having 4KB sectors and a maximum transfer size of 128KB’

° Changes to the way that the SoftRAID tool reports fatal errors, now writing to the SoftRAID.log rather than the system.log file;

° Adjustments to the SoftRAID application, allowing users to disable the ThunderBay 6 registration notifications if they wish.

OWC’s SoftRAID software RAID solution brings technology found in data centers to workstations and editing bays. Version 5.7.3 is a free update to users SoftRAID 5.0 and later. A free trial is available and SoftRAID can be purchased at