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(@jdubin)
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Hello. I am running SoftRAID on my Late 2013 MAC "trashcan". Im currently running Mojave and want to upgrade to Big Sur. A bit late to the party here but just wanted to get an idea if upgrading is safe yet? Have 12TB Drive which has softRaid running. Thanks

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Posted : 01/02/2021 3:26 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Yes, you just need to be sure to "Allow" OWC as an identified Developer.

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Topic starter Posted : 01/02/2021 4:01 pm
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(@bldraid)
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I know about the Big Sur 11.2 issues with SoftRAID on M1 Macs. But I have a non-M1 iMac, and my volumes won't mount anymore under Big Sur 11.2 either (using beta 6.0.1 b48).

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Posted : 05/02/2021 7:36 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@bldraid

 

When you reinstalled the driver, did you again "Allow" OWC as an identified developer? Its necessary.

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Topic starter Posted : 05/02/2021 9:06 pm
(@bldraid)
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I wasn't ever prompted to reinstall the driver. The app says Driver 6.0.1 b48 is running.

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Posted : 05/02/2021 9:14 pm
(@bldraid)
Eminent Member

Okay, nevermind, apparently the 11.2 upgrade turned off the previous Full Disk Access that Softraid 6.0.1b48 already had in 11.1. When I re-enabled and that and rebooted, the volumes mounted again.

I hope you guys can get Softraid to play better with Big Sur soon.

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Posted : 05/02/2021 10:32 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Apple has been changing/revamping how drivers load, especially in light of the many security holes that enables hacks or agencies to get through mac OS security. We are fortunate in that SoftRAID was built from the ground up with security in mind, but we are still being hit with extreme security from multiple directions.

What the ultimate result will be is all drivers moving to "userland", rather than as a kernel extension. This transition has been announced, and developers are told it will be ready in the next major OS release. (i.e. 12.0) Assuming Apple completes their end and subsequently publishes the driver kit needed, perhaps early as fall. I certainly hope this will help macOS settle down and become much simpler to install drivers like SoftRAID.

 

In my opinion, this has been an avoidable fiasco, as the rules have inconsistently changed from OS to OS.

It appears users will still need to manually "reduce security" on their systems, as on the M1, but hopefully no additional steps will be required. What we all want is a consistent set of rules, with consistent behavior, so users do not have to jump through obscure hoops just to load a driver and access their data.

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Topic starter Posted : 06/02/2021 12:34 am
(@_patrick)
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Any update to the beta coming soon? Noticing we're down to like 17ish days left on the beta and it makes me nervous knowing it's gonna expire soon.

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Posted : 09/02/2021 8:22 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Yes another is coming, very soon.

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Topic starter Posted : 09/02/2021 8:45 pm
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(@hoops)
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When I go into safe mode to 'reduce security' I'm getting a 'recovery is trying to change system settings. no administrator was found' message. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance. 

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Posted : 10/02/2021 2:35 am
(@iftibashir)
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Is there any possibility you can add the beta version on the download link on this page?

I refer back to this page when downloading the next beta version, and can never tell if a new version is out or not!

https://srforums.wpengine.com/support/softraid-6-public-beta/

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Posted : 10/02/2021 8:52 am
(@softraid-support)
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Is this a clean machine that you never logged into yet? (or set up an admin account?)

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Topic starter Posted : 10/02/2021 12:46 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@iftibashir

 

here is the link to the beta: ​​​​​​​SoftRAID 6 https://www.softraid.com/sr_beta

the SoftRAID Monitor will announce new beta versions to you automatically.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/02/2021 12:56 pm
(@monjoe)
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The current beta 0.48 expires in 16 days, are we getting a new beta before that, otherwise how to extend using this beta?

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Posted : 10/02/2021 7:15 pm
(@softraid-support)
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New betas are released well before the old expires. One is undergoing testing currently.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/02/2021 9:30 pm
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