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apple raid card - installion lion

725 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 24, 2012 2:11 PM by Michelin Man RSS
Ha Tschi Calculating status...
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May 4, 2012 7:52 AM

hi there!




I would like to install lion, due to heavy printing problems with oki fiery printer, that would not rund unter 10.6.


but I learned, installing lions to a mac pro with hardware raid card is critical.


what do I do beside having made a time machine backup, of course?

lion can obviously not build a recovery partition on a raid-card system.


Can I still install lion?





I run a mac pro, 2 x 2.93 GHz 6 Core Intel Xeon,

32 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM


with a MacPro Raid Card

2.00, Firmware 1.0.2,

4 SSD 512 to a RAID 0


and a raid-controller pci for extarnal G-Speed es-pro RAID

PCI slot. cryptic to me: "Manufarcutrar 0x1103, pci1103,4320"






help is very much appreciated


I run a graphic stuio. I can not afford to have a crashed mac pro again...

and I need a printer dirver, that may print correctly.





Mac Pro 2x3GHZ, Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), f
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    May 4, 2012 8:05 AM (in response to Ha Tschi)

    Clone your system.

    Clone your RAID volume.

    Clone as backup strategy.

    Clean install Lion on a single drive.

    Clone back.


    Other options: ditch and sell Apple RAID for another PCIe controller.

    Sounds like the OWC SSD PCIe card would be your cup of soup.


    OWC Mercury Accelsior 240GB / 480GB blog




  • Michelin Man Calculating status...
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    May 19, 2012 3:45 AM (in response to Ha Tschi)

    Hi Ha Tschi,


    I have installed Lion on my MacPro 3,1 that has an apple RAID card, with 4x 1TB drives arranged in a single RAID 5 volume.


    Installed Lion from the app store, it went without a glitch. The OS X installer also created tha Lion recovery partition as a raid set. All absolutelly seemlesly, apple-style user experience.


    My experience above direclty contradicts what you say that "installing lion on a mac pro with hardware raid is critical".


    So just go ahead and upgrade from the app store, reboot, and all is good!

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    May 19, 2012 6:04 AM (in response to Michelin Man)

    there is an older and long thread about issues with Lion and Apple RAID card; does not support more than 48GB and still does not support 3TB drives. Kernel panics in 64-bit mode.

  • Michelin Man Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 24, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to Ha Tschi)

    Hi Tschi,


    To take all doubt away that your recovery partition has been build on top of your RAID volume, just reboot and hold down <cmd-R>


    Your mac pro will boot from the recovery partition! Nice :-)


    Also, if you open RAID Utilitiy in /Applications/Utilities will will see that your RAID sets have been renamed to RS1 (2,3...)


    This is the only change I'be noticed from snow leopard to lion. Everythign works fine.




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