UPDATE: April 28, 2021
With the release of macOS 11.3 yesterday, Apple has now fixed the bug that prevented the SoftRAID driver from loading on M1 Macs. After updating to this new macOS release, the SoftRAID version 6 driver will load correctly, and you will be able to access your SoftRAID volumes.
Though we are always excited when Apple rolls out a new OS update, we are also cautious about what it means for our OWC hardware and software. Earlier today, Apple released macOS Big Sur 11.2. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of the latest changes that Apple has implemented, we advise that if you are running SoftRAID on an M1 Mac, do not install the macOS Big Sur 11.2 update.
Why not? Due to certain OS modifications made by Apple, SoftRAID will not operate properly. As always, we are working diligently with Apple’s engineers to rectify the problem and will keep you posted with any—and all—updates as they become available.
No worries, you can revert your system to the latest version of macOS 11.1 you had installed on your system before you updated to 11.2.
How to revert to macOS 11.1 using Time Machine
Here are instructions for using Snapshots to revert macOS to a prior version.
Note: When using this method, any changes made to user files will be reverted to their previous states before updating to 11.2. As the name states, it is a “snapshot” of your entire system at the specific point and time you choose to restore.
- Shutdown your M1 Mac
- Restart and hold the power key until you see “Loading startup options”
- Click on “Options” and “Continue”
- Click on your startup volume
- Select your admin account and enter password
- Click “Restore from Time Machine”
- In the info window, click “Continue”
- In the “Select a Restore Source” window, Select your startup volume and click “Continue”
(This brings you to the “Select a Local Snapshot” window)
- Select the desired Snapshot
(Generally, this is the last Snapshot on the list, i.e. you need to select the last Snapshot with 11.1, which will revert the system to this point in time)
- Click Continue, and affirm again by clicking “Continue”
The system will automatically restart and startup from the restored Snapshot.
NOTE: If you are a SoftRAID user, we encourage you to sign up to receive SoftRAID Critical Updates via email to be alerted of issues as quickly as possible.