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(@dfortney)
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Says I won't be able to read any of my RAID and it removes the preferences... Little nervous.

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Posted : 11/01/2021 9:04 pm
(@dfortney)
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OK, I uninstalled and reinstalled and it is still disabled.  Try again re-enabling it and again it goes back to disabled next reboot.

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Posted : 11/01/2021 9:16 pm
(@softraid-support)
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As you discovered, the driver only mounts SoftRAID volumes, removing it does not damage the volumes.

I am not sure why it is not loading.

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Topic starter Posted : 12/01/2021 2:48 am
(@dfortney)
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Trial pop-up shows on wake from display sleep on my intel mac mini and there is nothing in the log about it having restarted or anything like that during the wake or sleep.

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Posted : 13/01/2021 8:14 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@dfortney

I am pushing to reduce the notices on beta versions.

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Topic starter Posted : 14/01/2021 12:56 am
(@dfortney)
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@softraid-support It isn't that bad just wasn't sure if it was expected or a bug or could be an indication of why I was getting those disk errors with Parallels during sleep.  Perhaps the best policy until this is released is not to warn users until say 5 days before it expires and only on launch.

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Posted : 14/01/2021 8:33 am
(@softraid-support)
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I want to make it once a week, then once a day when a week remains.

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Topic starter Posted : 14/01/2021 1:02 pm
(@dfortney)
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To be fair, everyone running it right now knows it's a beta.  Once it's released maybe that would make sense but I think at this point less is more.

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Posted : 14/01/2021 4:54 pm
(@mountaincat)
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I cannot seem to install the beta b48. Running 11.1 on an M1 Mac mini with a Thunderbay 4 I am afraid to plug in until I can verify the driver is working correctly. I followed the (convoluted) installation method: First I installed the driver, then I restarted to reduce security and allow third party extensions. Then I installed and I got the warning about turning on OWC access in privacy. I did that. Then something told me that I might have done this out of order because I got a warning message about the driver being blocked. So I promptly uninstalled SoftRaid from the Uninstall menu option and started over. I rebooted into recovery and made sure that the options from before were still selected. They were. So I rebooted normally. Then I reran Softraid to reinstall the driver. It told me it was blocked. There was NO option to allow OWC from the privacy menu. Weird. So I uninstalled again. Rebooted. Started SoftRAID again. No warning this time. I went into Security. There is NO option to allow OWC as an identified developer.

I appreciate the efforts, but this is seriously affecting my work and shaking my trust in OWC and software RAID in general. Sorry to say that, but this is not a good situation for those of us who depend on these drives for our livelihoods. 

So is the driver installed or not? What do I do now? Am I safe to proceed? Is it "normal" not to see any mention of OWC in security pane? BTW this is a clean install that I am painstakingly working on to avoid any migration issues.

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Posted : 18/01/2021 8:13 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Its frustrating I agree.

the correct steps are:

1. Allow Third party developers (reduced security)

2. Run SoftRAID and install teh driver.

3. Before restarting, go to System Preferences and "Allow" OWC.

4. Navigate the restart windows and restart.

If the driver does not load or you do not get the dialog box, then it is most likely obsolete extensions, or an extension that macOS cannot load into the extensions cache. In which case, post a SoftRAID Tech support file I can help you figure out which are causing the issue.

 

This post was modified 6 months ago by SoftRAID Support
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Topic starter Posted : 18/01/2021 8:44 pm
(@mountaincat)
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Thank you for the quick reply. I definitely appreciate it. I’m not sure how I could have any obsolete extensions since the only extension I installed was SoftRaid. In any case, I will post the report on the M1 topic since I realize now that I am in the Intel topic. Thanks.

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Posted : 18/01/2021 9:33 pm
(@dfortney)
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Just got the Beta pop-up and it wasn't waking from sleep, I was using the computer for awhile actually and it just randomly popped up.  Nothing about any restart in the logs but it does incidentally have started and finished it's SMART test on all disks at the same time it popped up.

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Posted : 19/01/2021 12:02 pm
(@softraid-support)
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We will be reducing the frequency in the next beta, hopefully.

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Topic starter Posted : 19/01/2021 3:38 pm
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(@iftibashir)
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Currently running b48 - is this the latest beta version still??

I notice the odd system restart (usually during sleep) which only ever happens after running SoftRAID. If I don't run SoftRAID and just use my drives normally everything is generally fine. Not too fussed as once drives are setup I do not run SoftRAID software itself very often anyways. However, wondering if I'm still running the most up to date beta version?

Is it possible to put the current version on the download page maybe?

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Posted : 24/01/2021 2:31 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Yes beta 48 is the latest.

I have not seen what you describe. Try this:

SoftRAID disk preferences, disable SMART USB drivers. restart.

See if you notice the same pattern.

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Topic starter Posted : 24/01/2021 7:31 pm
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