SoftRAID Warns on Serious High Sierra Bug
MPG has long recommended SoftRAID not just for RAID, but for general usage anytime automation of drive health is warranted (which is to say, most of the time).
MPG has also strongly suggested for years now to NOT upgrade to the latest macOS until it has proven itself for several months—let first adopters have all the 'fun'.
With increasingly poor Apple quality control and a major new file system change, the advice to NOT upgrade right away is more important than ever. Professionals whose work relies on the Mac especially with specialized software or hardware should exercise extreme caution going forward.
The foregoing is driven home in that High Sierra, now very late in its development process*, has a serious bug that can result in data corruption. Re-read the previous paragraph!
We've discovered a bug in High Sierra, which causes kernel panics when used with SoftRAID 5.6.1. The team at SoftRAID have isolated the bug and are working with Apple to fix it.
Meanwhile we have a beta version of SoftRAID that is safe to use with High Sierra. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain this beta version.
- THUNDERBOLT USERS: Disks ejecting while in use
- THUNDERBOLT USERS: SoftRAID Monitor shows problem with your Mac
- SoftRAID 5.0.5 USERS: Data corruption bug
MPG is not inclined to grant Apple any benefit of the doubt given its grievously sloppy quality control problems* over the past 4 years, its failure to respond to bugs in a timely manner, and ongoing Apple Core Rot. MPG of course refers to Apple as an organization, not to any individual engineer.
* All evidence over the past 5+ years strongly suggests that Apple ships by a rigid calendar timeline, not by quality metric. Marketing/PR claims by high level executives to the contrary do not qualify as facts.