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How to use a SoftRAID startup volume with High Sierra

If you're using High Sierra, and booting up from a SoftRAID volume, you'll need to follow the steps given in this forum post, since the macOS High Sierra Installer does not recognize SoftRAID volumes as valid startup volumes.

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Verify vs validate on a single disk volume?
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I have a single disk external drive in a non-OWC enclosure. I certified it and initialized it and created a single max-size volume on it all via SoftRAID. I just copied several terabytes of data onto the drive and now I want to check on the health of the drive before I put the disk in storage for a few weeks.

Is it better to verify or validate or both?

Is there even a difference between verify and validate when you have a single max size volume on a single disk?
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With a single disk, a validate and verify are the same, a read across the entire disk or volume.
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