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(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

SoftRAID works with Big Sur, yes.

There is a problem with encrypted volumes in Big Sur, but we do not officially support encryption yet.

I cannot discuss any Big Sur issues which do not affect SoftRAID. (unless they are publicly known)

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Topic starter Posted : 14/11/2020 12:19 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@mlippold

 

 

We do not have Lite or XT beta versions, so the SoftRAID beta versions will all be "full" versions.

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Topic starter Posted : 14/11/2020 12:21 pm
(@mlippold)
New Member

@softraid-support  Will this allow me to use the beta without a license until you release a working SoftRAID Lite XT version?   I only use RAID 0 so I don't have a need for the full version.

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Posted : 14/11/2020 12:22 pm
(@null-root)
Eminent Member Customer

@softraid-support Thank you

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Posted : 14/11/2020 1:21 pm
Henry-In-Florida
(@henry-in-florida)
Trusted Member Customer

I got SoftRAID 6 to run in Big Sur release 11.0.1 (20G29). Seems OK.

Thanks @soft-raid for the update in this thread and previous messages. All I need to get by to migrate is what you have delivered so far.

In my perfect world though, all bugs would be vanquished when the OS (not to mention the new hardware) comes out or wouldn't be released. Alas, marketing departments being what they are, that simply won't happen. Nobody appreciates a 100% bug-free software, I guess. My list of bugs in Big Sur is far from acceptably low enough to use with this first actual release despite the numbers. And I only have three machines to worry about. Think about the guys & gals with many more fighting fires! 

In the interim I agree wholeheartedly about adopting the new OS only when you've proven it works for you - both in the daily work-flow and the software in use at each location. And that's why I have a separate set up to test the new OS on a trial basis, before migrating it to the user drive(s) relied upon for normal (critical) day-to-day work.

Definitely do not want a CPU Panic or other crashing around my ears when I'm on a deadline. Only using beta SoftRAID 6.0.x with Big Sur demo software and relying on the latest Catalina and 5.8.4 for everything else I normally use SoftRAID media for. Luckily the drivers on the media itself didn't get messed up in the transition between beta and current drivers. 

Those of you in a big fish tank have bigger problems than mine. Good luck.

 

Macbook Pro Retina 2019, internal 1TB storage, 32GB RAM, two external T3 enclosures (2.5TB online storage) RAID 4; MacOS Mojave.

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Posted : 14/11/2020 4:10 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

@mlippold

 

Yes. We will have a new naming system and licensing for 6.0 releases. The beta will keep you going until then.

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Topic starter Posted : 14/11/2020 5:16 pm
(@mrfearless47)
Active Member Customer

Here is an update from me for those who want to install Big Sur with the SoftRaid 6, Beta 42 driver.  The good news is that the driver seems to work fine with Big Sur.  I have five different RAID arrays installed with RAID 0, RAID 1+0, and RAID 4.  The driver recognizes all the arrays and their component drives, and I have no trouble accessing them and backing them up using my normal software (Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper).  So far, the only problem I've encountered is purely cosmetic.  When the beta 42 driver is installed after upgrading to the latest Big Sur, the icons for the individual arrays appear on my desktop as absent or transparent.  After doing a great deal of digging and research, interacting with SoftRAID Support, I've discovered the problem, but don't have a simple solution, but I do have a workaround.  In the transition to Big Sur, Apple seems to have deprecated support for the usual PNG and TIFF icons, and requires the icons to be in Apple's proprietary ICNS format.  In searching the bundle supplied in SoftRaid's beta 42, there are only TIFF icons supplied.  However, there are converters that will convert TIFF to ICNS.  Once I've done that, I can manually use the Finder to "Get Info" on the arrays, and then drag the ICNS into the name area of the Info box.  They then appear correctly on the desktop.  I did try to move the ICNS to the Contents folder of the beta, but reinstalling the driver does NOT reinstall the icons.  So, the install script seems to me not to recognize the correct icon type and ignores what's in that folder for installation purposes.  It seems to me that this is a relatively simple fix for SoftRaid to make, since it is an install issue, not an operational issue.

 

Hope this helps.

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Posted : 14/11/2020 5:24 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

Thanks, I will report that and we can add it to the next beta.

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Topic starter Posted : 14/11/2020 8:17 pm
(@numa1930)
Active Member

Now that I'm running the Beta, I noticed that inside my applications folder there's the Beta folder and the 5.8.4 version folder. Should I uninstall or delete the 5.8.4 folder so that the beta version is interfered with.  Are both running at the same time and if so is this an issue?

 

Please advise

 

Thank you 

GB

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Posted : 16/11/2020 7:11 am
(@alex-bowden)
New Member

@prl99

Yes, APFS support would be nice

Yes, New Mac Hardware (M1) would be nice.

But let's get real.

The existing facilities of SoftRaid which have been working for years, no longer work on the current version of MacOS.

That needs fixing by LAST THURSDAY

 

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Posted : 16/11/2020 12:26 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

Several users have seen the blank icons, but I do not know the cause yet. We believe this is a Big Sur bug, but do not understand the cause yet. If we can, we will force a fix to this. Otherwise a future Big Sur release should fix this.

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Topic starter Posted : 16/11/2020 8:20 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

@alex-bowden

 

M1 support will be in the next 6.0 beta.

6.0 can create APFS volumes now. The 6.0 interface does not correctly display them, but APFS volumes work.

(Note: there is still no utility like Disk Warrior to repair APFS volumes. So it is doubly important to have all APFS volumes backed up!)

Encryption is not supported, we are waiting for Apple to fix a couple bugs in encrypted volumes. But we hope that will be soon.

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Topic starter Posted : 16/11/2020 8:30 pm
(@numa1930)
Active Member

Can anyone please answer this question??

Now that I'm running the Beta, I noticed that inside my applications folder there's the Beta folder and the 5.8.4 version folder. Should I uninstall or delete the 5.8.4 folder so that the beta version is not interfered with??

Are both running at the same time if both are present in my applications folder?? and if so, is this an issue?

Should I delete or uninstall the 5.8.4 Application folder? and would that interfere with the Beta running properly?

 

Please advise

 

Thank you

 

GB

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Posted : 17/11/2020 7:54 pm
(@nohnst)
New Member

Hi, new to this forum and I'm somewhat lost in the discussion threads. Please help me on the following: 

I just wiped and did a clean install of Big Sur for my iMac Pro. 

I'm using Softraid version 6.0.1 b42 and Driver ver 6.0.1 b42, which has an expiration date. Seems to work fine so far for my Thunderblade drive. 

I just need the most stable version version for Big Sur, until you guys drop new updates without an expiration date. I'm just concerned that after expiration date, I can no longer access my Thunderblade drive. 

Please advise and provide download links. Thank you. 

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Posted : 17/11/2020 10:26 pm
(@softraid-support)
Member Admin

There will be new beta versions along the way. 6.0 is still quite a ways away.

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