Archived - About the Apple RAID Card (Early 2009) Firmware Update 1.1

Apple RAID Card (Early 2009) Firmware Update 1.1 is recommended for all Mac Pro (Early 2009) and Xserve (Early 2009) systems with the Apple RAID Card (Early 2009).

This update requires Mac OS X v10.5.8 or Mac OS X Server v10.5.8 or later. You will need to restart your computer as part of the update process.

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Apple RAID Card (Early 2009) Firmware Update 1.1 updates RAID card firmware version E-, E- and E- to E- If your RAID card firmware version begins with M, you have a different version of the Apple RAID Card, and you do not need this update. For more information about identifying which version of the card you are using, 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.
  • Handling hard drives with bad blocks.
  • RAID 1 read performance.
  • Support for systems with 48GB or more memory.
  • Battery handling and reporting.

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 (Early 2009) Firmware Update" in /Applications/Utilities.
  2. The application will run automatically after you download it (or after your computer restarts, if you have installed other updates at the same time.)
  3. Follow the instructions in the updater application. You will need your administrator password.
  4. The firmware update will take several minutes. Important: make sure that power is not interrupted while the firmware updates. When the update completes you will be prompted to restart the computer. After restarting, the updater will run again and report that your RAID card firmware is up to date.

Command line installation instructions

After downloading the updater application you can update the firmware using the command line interface instead of the updater application. Enter these commands, each on a single line:

  • cd /Applications/Utilities/Apple\ RAID\ Card\ \(Early\ 2009\)\ Firmware\
  • sudo ./raidupdate update --source ../Resources/AppleRAIDCardFirmware.arcupdate

Enter your administrator password when prompted.

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 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.
  5. After restart, verify that that RAID Card shutdown status is "Normal shutdown", then run the firmware update again.
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