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Areca-8050 Firmware Update – 1.52 causes SSDs boot drives to fail

DO NOT INSTALL FIRMWARE 1.52 FOR ARECA-8050 IF YOU ARE USING SSDS AS YOUR BOOT DISK OR RESET PRAM!

This is my first post on Pixelreeder – part of my job at our studio is keeping the equipment running. The above warning will hopefully help people avoid our issue with a SSDs in our Areca machine.

It all stems from a bug we needed to fix in Mountian Lion. We had a problem when the OS marked our raid 5 partition as hidden and greyed out the icon. We think the cause is a full time machine, but we aren’t sure. You can read about our fix here, it involves one line of code. In the process of finding this fix we decided to update  the firmware on our Areca-8050 external unit.

As you can guess, we ran into some very scary problems.

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Mountain Lion greyed out partition or external drive fix.

We had a problem when the OS marked our raid 5 partition as hidden and greyed out the icon. We think the cause is a full time machine, but we aren’t sure. The eventual fix for this was using a tool in XCode (a free development tool from apple) to run a command which changes the partition from hidden to visible. Once you install xcode and command line tools its a simple command:

SetFile -a v **your file or volume here**

You must have Xcode (and in preferences of xcode the cmd line tools module) installed to use this command and will have to eject and remount the drive to see the change.

In the process of finding this fix we decided to update  the firmware on our Areca-8050 external unit.

We ran into some problems in the process, which you can read about here.


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