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Does macOS support installing and boot from a single volume using SoftRAID?  

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Yes, you must have a dedicated disk as a backup boot drive now.

One idea is using Carbon Copy Cloner to make the second copy a "disk image", so you have a restorable system. CCC knows how to handle these situatons, and is very good for that.

Users can get Apple RAID to boot Mojave by cloning. (sometimes SoftRAID volumes, but it is tricky and I do not have a realiable method to give you)

Catalina, I think it is very difficult to get an Apple RAID to boot, if not impossible. I have not spent time trying, however.

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@softraid-support I figured that out and I was afraid of that...

Thanks for some of the pointers... in fact I came up with the same idea just yesterday regarding using disk image for a second copy... of course it is not bootable but is a fallback solution. I am familiar with and use CCC though have never tried this use yet...though I know it is fairly straightforward.

If you do come across another solution, please do post.

 

Since you have close(r) ties to Apple, I hope you can have an influence on them changing their direction on this issue...

Of course there are 2 reasons for having a boot drive on a RAID... one is immediate redundancy for immediate recoverability and the second is speed, both important issues for not only individuals but small business too (but I know you know these things).

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Apple security team won this battle. The system is going to be even further locked down with ARM. As it is, you cannot remove an internal hard drive from one computer and put it in another. the newer ARM macs will be more like iPhones in their flexibility.

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That does not sound exciting... that would turn Macs into consumables... that is quite the thought to digest.

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That is what I predict. There will be the "Mac Pro" models, but everything else will become consumables.

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