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Archived - About the Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0

Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0 is recommend for all Mac Pro (Original and Early 2008) and Xserve (Late 2006 and Early 2008) systems with the Apple RAID card.

This update requires Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server v10.5.8 or later and current EFI Boot ROM. You will need to reboot your computer as part of the update process.

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Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0 updates RAID card firmware versions M-1.3.0.6 and M-2.0.3.3 to M-2.0.5.5. If your RAID card firmware version begins with E, you have a newer version of the Apple RAID Card, and you do not need this update. For more information about identifying which version of the card you have, see Mac Pro RAID Card: Identification and compatibility or Xserve RAID Card: Identification and compatibility.

This update:

  • improves reliability during startup and power loss recovery.
  • addresses a potential issue when rebuilding a degraded RAID 5.
  • resolves an issue that can fill the on-board flash file system.
  • improves battery handling and reporting.
  • improves compatibility with Mac OS X v10.6 and Mac OS X Server v10.6.

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the update using Software Update or download the installer from Apple Support Downloads. This will install an application called Apple RAID Card Firmware Update in /Applications/Utilities.
  2. This application will open automatically after the download completes or after a restart, if you have installed other updates at the same time.
  3. Follow the instructions in the update application. You will be prompted for your administrator password.

The firmware update will take several minutes. Important: make sure that power is not interrupted while the firmware is being updated. When the update is finished you will be prompted to restart the computer. After restarting, the updater will open again and report that your RAID card firmware is up to date.

Command Line Installation Instructions

After downloading the update application you may update the firmware using the command line interface instead of the update application. Use the following commands:

cd /Applications/Utilities/Apple\ RAID\ Card\ Firmware\ Update.app/Contents/MacOS/
sudo ./raidupdate update --source ../Resources/AppleRAIDCardFirmware.arcupdate


You will be prompted for your administrator password.

The firmware update will take several minutes. Important: make sure that power is not interrupted while the firmware is being updated. When the update is finished you will be prompted to restart the computer.

Additional Information

If you have a Mac Pro with BootROM version MP11.005D.B00 and the RAID Card firmware updater reports that you need an EFI firmware update, you will need to re-download the updater. For more information, see Mac Pro: Apple RAID Card Firmware Update 1.0 reports EFI Firmware Update is required .

If the updater does not report that your firmware is up to date after completing the update and restarting, check the status of your RAID card in Apple System Profiler.

  1. Open Apple System Profiler by choosing About This Mac from the Apple () menu, then clicking More Info.
  2. In the Hardware list, select Hardware RAID.
  3. Select your Mac Pro RAID Card or Xserve RAID Card.
  4. In the lower status window look for "Shutdown Status:  Normal shutdown".  If you see any other status reported, quit the firmware updater and restart your computer normally.
  5. After restart, verify that that RAID Card shutdown status is "Normal shutdown", then run the firmware update again.
Last Modified: May 2, 2013
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