Hello All: I am a long time PC user with tons of experience in the PC arena and Areca RAID systems. I have also had experience with older Apple HW (thinks IIfx, Quadra) and more recently with iMacs. I recently purchased a Mac Pro mid-2012 model after being fed up with the iMac lack of expandability/unreliability and the upcoming Mac Pros "proprietary" nature. I had planned on setting up an Areca RAID in the pro and expected the Mac Pro to be relatively easy to setup like a PC would be. Boy was I wrong! I think I have muddles through most of the issues (getting replacement trays to use the internal bays, setting up the EFI BIOS on the Areca card, etc...) but I am still not sure if I can DIRECTLY setup and do a new install of the latest OS X on a RAID volume. I know the manual says that I need to clone an existing HDD on to the RAID volume but this seems a bit out dated. I found a press release from Areca that states starting w/ 10.5 OS X includes drivers for the Areca controller cards. Does this mean I can now directly install on to a RAID volume? If so what would be the best way to do this given that the new systems don't come with such frivolous things as physical media? If not, how would I best go about cloning the existing (unused) HDD from the Mac Pro with the OS on to the RAID volume? Any programs people recommend? Ideally I'd like something that would boot of a CD/DVD, let me clone the drive so I boot for the first time off of the RAID. Thanks for any help in advance.