macOS Sierra Disk Utility

In one of my previous posts, the Disk Utility app in El Capitan was not well received. The basic criticism was it’s dumb down functionality. It was not up to the Disk Utility app of old. Many of you will be happy to know that macOS Sierra Disk Utility has some of that functionality restored.


Sierra Disk Utility

At first blush, the Disk Utility app in macOS Sierra looks pretty much the same as El Capitan:

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It is very colorful, but is missing things from previous iterations of the Disk Utility app. One of the missing features in Disk Utility was the ability to setup a RAID array with several hard drives. Now, if you are not a heavy-duty video or photo editor, you may not have use of a RAID array. For the uninitiated, a RAID is defined thus:

RAID storage uses multiple disks in order to provide fault tolerance, to improve overall performance, and to increase storage capacity in a system. This is in contrast with older storage devices that used only a single disk drive to store data.

It is a pretty cool idea. Many people use a RAID array for increased storage and to combine their storage options in one location. So, the good news is macOS Sierra Disk Utility has restored this functionality. In the Sierra Disk Utility app, go to the File Menu:


Select “RAID Assistant” from the drop-down menu. You will be taken to this window::


If you do not know anything about RAID setups don’t worry about it. For those who are knowledgeable in RAID functionality, I think you will appreciate this. I can only assume that Apple received several complaints about this missing RAID setup feature, so they put it back into the Disk Utility app.


If you were one of those people down on the current iteration of Disk Utility have heart. The macOS Sierra version is somewhat of an improvement at least. This is only a beta. Maybe more goodies will be added in future updates.