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dfnum2
Aug 15, 2011, 11:00 AM
Hello,

I have an early 2008 Mac Pro with a highpoint RR4321 card in RAID 5 running snow leopard with no problems (after the initial somewhat convoluted install.)

Turns out there doesn't appear to be a driver for the card for Lion. I was surprised by this, as Highpoint touted built-in OS support when Snow Leopard came out. So now I'm trying to figure out what my options are. For now, I'm sticking with Snow Leopard (and get to keep spaces).

I will say that I've been pleased with the performance of the Highpoint card, and once installed, it has been very easy to maintain. The web support has been adequate (someone has always come up with the information I needed), but the software/driver support seems a step behind. I'm wondering if it's the same story with the Areca cards (on which this is based), or other comparable cards. At this point, I'd much rather have the new driver for the still very serviceable 4321 than look for a new card with better software support.



flatfoot
Aug 15, 2011, 11:22 AM
Have you actually tried the card in Lion?
I'm asking because, according to this page (http://hptmac.com/categories.php?compatibility=18), it is supported out of the box, with no need to install additional drivers.

dfnum2
Aug 15, 2011, 03:13 PM
Have you actually tried the card in Lion?
I'm asking because, according to this page (http://hptmac.com/categories.php?compatibility=18), it is supported out of the box, with no need to install additional drivers.

Of course. Since Snow leopard supported these devices (meaning no drivers had to be installed), I assumed that support would be in place for Lion, and tried the upgrade. That failed, even with the boot partition on a separate boot device. After some back & forth with tech support (during which they suggested I download and install EFI update and drivers), they finally indicated that there is no Lion driver or support (yet). On the download page, there's certainly no hint of a Lion driver.

dholaday
Aug 15, 2011, 03:33 PM
Areca has a Lion Driver and installer. see

http://www.areca.com.tw/support/s_macos/macos.htm