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(@softraid-support)
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It should not take long to do a new beta for all systems. I would hope by the end of the year, depending on the level of effort required.

SoftRAID 6 release is quite a ways away.

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Topic starter Posted : 27/12/2020 10:43 pm
(@iftibashir)
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@softraid-support Thanks, but I'm still not getting a response to the question asked.

I understand SoftRAID 6 is a way away yet, but considering the Intel version is working can a final release of the Intel version not be released in the meantime, with support for M1 systems still kept in beta and added at a later date?? At least that way a majority of users are on a stable release that can be licensed etc. I don't understand why the majority are being hindered due to a minority with the M1 based chipset, when the Intel version is operational?

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Posted : 28/12/2020 5:22 am
(@raoulduke-esq)
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@softraid-support

Thanks kindly!

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Posted : 28/12/2020 9:53 am
(@softraid-support)
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The problem is that 5.8.x is not being worked on any longer. We are full on in 6.0 development. There is a lot to be added to 6.0, including APFS support in the user interface, RAID 6 and more. M1 is a distraction to that development, but we would still be in beta regardless of whether Apple released the M1 or not, it will just take us a little longer.

We are looking at what features we can defer in SoftRAID 6 to get a final 6.0 release out, and add them in later, to best answer your question.

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Topic starter Posted : 28/12/2020 9:57 am
(@softraid-support)
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Regarding the io error, I see it in the log, it seems to be near the beginning of the media.

Do a verify disk a couple times and see if you get any errors. (i.e, confirming it is not the drive)

I will discuss this with engineering in the meantime. I do not see a possible cause, so this may take some effort to figure out.

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Topic starter Posted : 28/12/2020 10:05 am
(@dfortney)
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Pretty serious issue here... So everything was working fine but Parallels popped up with a dialog to update which I did.  Update required the standard permission to allow it to run etc. and said it needed to reboot for the new extensions or whatever it updated.  Rebooted and now my RAID drives won't mount.  The disks show in disk util and in SoftRaid as no errors but when I try right click -> mount it just says 'mounting' for like a minute and then returns to unmounted.  Logs says something about command 94 encountered error -50?  Everything I own is on that RAID so I really need some help here. I tried everything, reset PRAM, NVRAM, reboot, repower, etc.  In disk util I even tried validate and it shows all disks as fine no issues.

 

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Posted : 28/12/2020 1:20 pm
(@softraid-support)
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The data is there. The driver is not loading. Interesting that Parallels triggered the b47 bug.

 

Go back to B43 until we get b48 out. Running the older 6.0 beta 43 version should fix this. Let me know if not.

Steps: Run SoftRAID 6.0 B47.
Uninstall SoftRAID (utilities menu)
Restart
Run B43 and install the driver.

​​​​​​​ https://softraid.com/updates/SoftRAID%206.0.1%20b43.dmg

 

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Topic starter Posted : 28/12/2020 1:23 pm
(@dfortney)
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here is diskutil list...

diskUtilList

 

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Posted : 28/12/2020 1:27 pm
(@dfortney)
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@softraid-support my B43 trial expired long time ago.

I still have all 3 versions of SR installed, the 5.8.4 and the 2 6 betas.  Also when I uninstalled the latest it said it uninstalled but also this error popped up...

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Posted : 28/12/2020 1:28 pm
(@dfortney)
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Ok, so managed to revert back to 43 and the drives mount once again so that's good but now I am seeing a totally unrelated error popup which I never had before from my SpamSieve mail plugin?  How is all this stuff so fragile?  Could it be the order of loading the extensions perhaps and that installing the Parallels update changed the order that extensions load which is now an issue?  I read another user had some problem where extensions loaded after SoftRaid just wouldn't work or something like that.

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Posted : 28/12/2020 1:51 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Big Sur is strange. What it was doing, I think, was just stopping the extensions cache build when it encountered these. Maybe this is an update feature. I have not seen it yet,  but it would take a lot of pressure off SoftRAID, if Big Sur actually identified these obsolete extensions and let SoftRAID load!

If you got back to B43, you should be good.

 

Yes, Big Sur broke a lot of older extensions.

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Topic starter Posted : 28/12/2020 2:44 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@dfortney

When you get this message about a volume, just try to copy a small file to it. If you can, it must be a bug. If you cannot, then the volume was locked from the disks renumbering. Its a simple test when you see this. We will be investigating this next couple weeks, so any data you get is useful.

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Topic starter Posted : 28/12/2020 6:58 pm
(@dfortney)
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@softraid-support ok i'll re-enable it and see ... do you mind pulling the latest version with the bugs as it keeps asking me to upgrade to it every time monitor launches.

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Posted : 28/12/2020 7:59 pm
(@dfortney)
Trusted Member

Question, what is this com.softraid.softraidd that I also have disabled from launch agents?

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Posted : 28/12/2020 8:07 pm
(@softraid-support)
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You do not want to disable this. Its part of the core functionality of the driver.

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Topic starter Posted : 28/12/2020 9:35 pm
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