how to configurate G raid removable thunderbolt 3 using USB 3 on Windows 10?


#1

Hi,

I would like to configure my new 16 Tb G raid removable thunderbolt 3 to be useable both on Win and Mac and be compatible with USB 3.

When I am trying to connect it using USB 3 and raid configuration utility from here:

https://support-en.g-technology.com/app/products/detailnew/p/89/~/g-raid-usb

It does not detect any G-tech storage Systems. When I tried using thunderbolt 3 utility on PC without thunderbolt 3, it didn’t find any drive either.

Problem is I don’t have a PC with thunderbolt 3 at the moment so would like to use G raid removable thunderbolt 3 with provided USB 3 cable.

Any suggestions how to configurate G raid removable thunderbolt 3 using USB 3 on Windows 10?

Thanks,


#2

You only need the configurator if you wish to change the RAID.

The software you need is this one: G-RAID w/ TB3 Configurator for MAC or G-RAID w/ TB3 Configurator for Windows

After you have changed the RAID to RAID1 you can then initialize and format the drive as exFAT and it will work on both platforms.


#3

Thanks for reply.

I formatted my 16 Tb G raid with thunderbolt 3 to ExFat using Win 10 (Raid 1).

Problem:
-macOS (Mojave, v10.14.3) does not mount it.

I tried mount in disk utility and terminal - here few lines:
ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$ diskutil list
/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *251.0 GB disk0
1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
2: Apple_APFS Container disk1 250.8 GB disk0s2

/dev/disk1 (synthesized):
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: APFS Container Scheme - +250.8 GB disk1
Physical Store disk0s2
1: APFS Volume Macintosh HD 123.9 GB disk1s1
2: APFS Volume Preboot 42.0 MB disk1s2
3: APFS Volume Recovery 517.0 MB disk1s3
4: APFS Volume VM 1.1 GB disk1s4

/dev/disk2 (external, physical):
#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER
0: GUID_partition_scheme *8.0 TB disk2
1: Microsoft Reserved 16.8 MB disk2s1
2: Microsoft Basic Data Gbook1 8.0 TB disk2s2

ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$ sudo fsck_exfat /dev/disk2s2
Password:
** Checking volume.
** Checking main boot region.
** Checking system files.
** Volume name is Gbook1.
** Checking upper case translation table.
** Checking file system hierarchy.
** Checking active bitmap.
** Rechecking main boot region.
** Rechecking alternate boot region.
** The volume Gbook1 appears to be OK.

ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$ diskutil verifydisk disk2
Started partition map verification on disk2
Checking prerequisites
Checking the partition list
Checking the partition map size
Checking for an EFI system partition
Problems were found with the partition map which might prevent booting
Error: -69767: This disk doesn’t contain an EFI system partition; if you want to start up your computer with this disk or include it in a RAID set, back up your data and partition this disk
ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$ diskutil mount disks2s2
Unable to find disk for disks2s2
ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$ diskutil mount disk2s2
Volume on disk2s2 failed to mount

ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$ sudo fsck_exfat -d disk2
Password:
Opening /dev/rdisk2
** Checking volume.
** Checking main boot region.
fsck_exfat: Invalid jump or signature
Main boot region is invalid. Trying alternate boot region.
** Checking alternate boot region.
fsck_exfat: Invalid jump or signature
Alternate boot region is invalid.
** The volume could not be verified completely.
ANNON-Pro:~ ANNON$

So the only error I get is:
“Error: -69767: …”

After lot of googling, it seems macOS X does not recognize large allocation unit sizes of exFAT, so it looks like I need to re-format with smaller allocation unit size, maybe under macOS X. The minimum seems to be 512k, default 2048k is maybe too big.

Does G-technology provide a drive to mount G raid formatted under Win 10 to ExFAT (default allocation unit size) to be mount with macOS X???

Thanks,


#4

All of our units currently are MAC OS Extended (Journaled) out of the box. The default allocation size on exFAT is usually the only contention for perfect stability across both platforms.

Usually the exFAT from the Windows side runs quite smoothly. If it isn’t working in your situation then try doing the exFAT format on Mac and see if it works better for you.