[Sticky] Important notes regarding Big Sur and SoftRAID
I have discovered when the SoftRAID driver is not loading even when this is done, it is because there is a Big Sur bug where any invalid driver will prevent all drivers from loading.
Glad to see you've been able to dig into why we had the problem with the old tap and tun kexts failing to load and taking the SoftRAID driver out with it. And that removing the offending kext(s) whatever they are, has helped some other folks. Big Sur has definitely thrown some curveballs.
That almost happened. We almost completed a deal like that, before Jobs came back to Apple. SoftRAID was going to be bundled with all the Power Express computers, with plans to eventually bundle on all the higher end models.
When Apple released OS X, we were not offered a reasonable price for RAID, so they built a "check the box" RAID minimal version. The original team kept developing SoftRAID, with a good relationship with the Apple engineering teams.
We were thrilled to have been acquired by OWC. We have a lot of products coming down the pipeline, the Windows RAID being just one example. Give us a couple more years, and the results will start appearing!
@softraid-support isn't it crazy though for a company like Apple not to just buy Softraid out and make it a standard feature of macOS, supported deep in the OS where it belongs for highest performance and to allow secure raid boot etc. I mean they have lost more money in the lint screen of the dryer.
Softraid drives reported UNMOUNTED in SoftRaid app, but mounted and accessible on desktop. This is new to Beta 43 and beta 2 of Big Sur 11.1. I have a RAID 4 drive that shows up in the desktop application for Softraid as "unmounted", but appears on the Desktop itself as mounted and is fully accessible by programs I invoke to access material on the RAID. Curiously, the array shows up in the Desktop Application under a slightly different name than it shows up on the Desktop. The programs accessing the RAID 4 container recognize only the desktop name, not the name assigned by SoftRaid (which isn't the name I gave the drive). I'm not sure what command to use to reconcile the name differences between what the OS sees and what SoftRAID UI is seeing.
The 6.0 User interface does not yet support APFS volumes. that is what you are seeing. We will not update the user interface until we are feature complete with features.
Any word on M1 Mac compatibility?
Day to day. As of Dec 16, not yet.
This is Ali Sami Farooq, thank you for this , i appericiate you guys that you guys are making progress on the new CPU from Apple.
The comment from @sterno helped me out figure out my issues with a trashcan MacPro. My issues turned out to be spl.kext and zfs.kext preventing the SoftRAID driver from loading. These were old extensions from an obsolete ZFS for MacOS driver I tested two years ago.
I'm running BigSur 11.1 and your b48 beta. A clean software install would have prevented this problem, but now we know.
Happy new year!
Apple made it too easy for "dirty updates", and does not do any cleaning of obsolete extensions, which would be helpful. In the PPC/Intel update, I forget which system, Apple isolated PPC apps when they removed the rosetta emulator. (was that Lion?) They need to do something similar. Look at all the pain users go through because they have drivers from 2010, that don't load, cannot load and because of a change in how macOS deals with them, prevent other extensions from loading. At least my opinion.
@softraid-support. Thanks. Yup, it's an issue none of us seem to be able to influence in any way. Apple became way too big. I vaguely remember the days when they actually read my software feedback. Happy new year!
Hi. I own a Lite license and I would like to upgrade from Catalina to Big Sur.
I'm using 2 RAID1 volumes, and I need these data also on Big Sur.
Do you suggest to install the new SoftRAID beta first (still on Catalina)? What are the steps?
Also, is it safe to upgrade at this point? I know all my apps work on Big Sur, just waiting for SoftRAID.
You can upgrade to the beta after you upgrade to Big Sur, either way is fine, but Big Sur will install the 6.0 driver anyway, so you will save time upgrading SoftRAID later.
All you need to do is make sure you "Allow" OWC as an identified developer when you install SoftRAID.
Personally, I unmount/disconnect all external disks when upgrading the OS, got into that habit when 10.3 wiped a lot of users external drives when upgrading.
We are getting closer to a release SoftRAID, we have not changed the driver for 6 months, only the application.
Thanks. I'm on Big Sur now, and everything works fine.
But I have the beta in trial mode. Can you extend the trial period until the app is officially ready?
Also, I have bought my license only in December 2020, and Big Sur was already out. Do you plan to extend my license, at least for the current OS? Thanks