Apple Raid won't create volume

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by beaudamore, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. beaudamore macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2015
    I just got a 2009 Mac Pro and a Apple RAID card (black) and 4 WD Red 2TB drives.
    I know there's a limit of 2TB for Apple RAID card, correct?
    I am trying to create a volume in a RAID set but each time it gets to a certain point, I get the white screen of death, reboot, repeat...
    My steps:
    Create RAID5 set using all drives. Create RAID set fine, and reports that 5.23TB is available.
    Create Volume Max OS Extended (Journaled)
    Name: Red
    size 5.23 TB... as teh progress bar gets maybe 1/3 of the way... white screen of death, reboot, repeat. Sometimes it get to the point as I login it white screens immediately and I have to shutdown, pull two drives, reboot, set those drives as a RADI0 or RAID1 (so they stop trying to be a RAID5 with the other two, shutdown, plug them all back in, kill the raid set, and start over.. quite tedious..
    I'm wondering... is there a max volume size as well? Must I chunk the available 5.23 TB into 2TB volumes?..
    I've tried just a 2TB volume, and it went as far as 'initializing' with a long progress bar under RAID Mgr 'Tasks'.. but as soon as I tried to copy a file over, boom, white screen... must I wait until the initializing is complete before putting any files on?
    Or do I get sell the Apple RAID and get an Arica RAID card or whatever that other big brand one is?
    Thanks all.
  2. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    try creating the volume at just under <2TB in size, not 5.83TB and wait for the initialisation to complete.
  3. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula

    Just under 2TiB in size (just under 2,199,023,255,552).
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    I had an Apple RAID card in my 4,1 Mac Pro that was set to larger than 2TB volumes. I had 3x1TB and 3x2TB sets, RAID 0, and I recall making a RAID 5 of 4x2TB once, using WD2003FYYS RE-4 disks for a short while before selling it. (I replaced it with an Areca 1880ix-12 so I can make RAID 6.)
  5. beaudamore thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2015
    ok, thanks. I have a bad card then.

    It gets about 60% of the way done creating a volume and boom, white screen, reboot, repeat.
    Thanks again.

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