[Sticky] Big Sur on M1 machines and SoftRAID issues
has anybody run 11.3 beta yet? I'm taking a leap of faith to try 11.3 beta right now. will update momentarily.
All good, but you do not need to delete the b53 application. You probably dont need to uninstall either. The process should just be update the M1, (check if Security setting still allows third party, it should stick), then install SoftRAID and "Allow." if you do not even get this System preferences dialog box when installing, you immediately know something is wrong.
The beta 3 is working for me (thank you SoftRaid, forum users, and Apple. But I now get a disk failure message in the SoftRAID dialogue box:
size: 6 TB . HFS+
RAID 5 . degraded . failed. safeguard disabled
One the left hand side of the panel, it indicates "i/o error" for each of the four disks
I had a weird thing happen today with beta 53. My SoftRaid software reported my 1+0 RAID was degraded because it couldn't access one of the four NVME drives, but that it was mounted. I'm using the OWC 4M2 enclosure with four 480 gig Aura drives. So I decided to see if I could figure out what drive had failed. So I swapped each of them out multiple times. I could not identify one that wasn't working. The only thing I know for sure was that it was the secondary drive of the second volume. (Whatever it's actually called.) I should note a fourth drive never showed in SoftRaid or in Disk Utility. That's why I thought it was a bad drive.
Okay, so then I decided since I couldn't get it figure out swapping out one drive at a time in the 4M2, I would pull each drive and put them in my Pluggable NVME enclosure one at a time. And when one showed up not mounting in Disk Utility I would have figured it out. Whoops! They all four showed up. Back to square one.
As I was out hiking with the dog I had an idea. I went back and removed the Beta 53 driver from my M1 MacBook Pro and went back to Beta 52. Installed the drive it installs, and voilá! My raid is back.
Now it says it's degraded and that it needs to be rebuilt. So I tell it to rebuild, but nothing happens. Or does it just take a long time? There's no indication that it's rebuilding. We'll see tomorrow I guess. Meanwhile it seems to be working fine and all four drives it reports as healthy.
I'm using Version 11.3 Beta (20E5196f).
The volume needs to be mounted "read write", no errors from finder and it should rebuid. It may rebuild slowly if it is optimized for Video though.
I have a theory that a partition map was damaged and when the volume was unmounted when you ran SoftRAID, it was able to repair it. the downgrade was just the way you happened to get there, SoftRAID can do some auto repair, but only if all volumes are unmounted. Just a guess.
Beta 4 is out. I think I’ll risk downloading it tonight, unless I read any warnings to the contrary. Thanks again to all for your input and guidance.
Beta 4 (20E5210c) working. First time I started the update, went away and came back to a logged in system (screensaver active of course) :) We are definitely getting somewhere. Now we just need to see how the so-called Advanced users do (I am still mad about that!)