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AppleRAID-1 & SoftRAID 5.8.4

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I've got a cMP 2010 w/ 2 x 4TB & 2 x 6TB HDs in the trays. Booting is from a Samsung SSD on a PCIe Card

Now, the two 6TB HDs are presently in AppleRAID-1. When I installed SoftRAID 5.8.4, the read/write speed to this AppleRAID fell to about 10 % of what it was beforehand. Removing the SoftRAID driver resolved the issue. Not using AppleRAID-1 isn't an option for me, as I need several of the features in APFS.

My idea was installing the two 4TB HDs in the DVD bays, buying 2 x 6TB HDs more, and formatting the resulting 4 x 6TB HDs in SoftRAID-5; but with this issue rearing it's ugly head, I've decided to go with OpenZFS instead. (& - yes - I've bought a license for SoftRAID)

Conclusion : SoftRAID is incompatible w/ AppleRAID-1.

Topic starter Posted : 01/05/2021 8:51 am
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Its not conceivable how this can be, as all the two respective drivers to is tell the OS who owns a disk. I have never seen this before and we test with Apple RAID and SoftRAID volumes frequently.

Its possible there is a SMART issue, we can test that. Go to SoftRAID preferences and disable SMART checks. Just to see if it makes a difference.

I am guessing ZFS is really slow on that machine. Give some feedback on performance if you don't mind.

You are running Mojave on this machine?

Posted : 01/05/2021 10:21 am
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@softraid-support I've un-installed the SoftRAID driver & gone full OpenZFS RAIDZ-1 on 4 x 6TB HDs, so at present I don't have the capability to test, as I don't have any surplus HDs I can test on.

Another reason for me going OpenZFS is the advanced capabilities such as datasets & encryption on a per dataset - it's almost like APFS

As to OpenZFS being slow, I don't have any issues as far as I can see :

Skærmbillede 2021 05 02 kl. 13.50

 My workload is primarily VMs (Linux & Windows Server testing) & I've succeeded in getting to 256 GB RAM : 32 GB RAM modules in cMP

I've used OpenCore to get to Catalina. Before that, I used dosdude1 Catalina Patcher. When both OpenZFS 2.0.0 & Carbon Copy Cloner works without issues under Big Sur, I'm upgrading to that.

Except from SoftRAID, I'm a very satisfied OWC customer & I do plan to continue shopping with you.

This post was modified 4 days ago by BjarneDM
Topic starter Posted : 02/05/2021 7:15 am