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Installing MyWorkDrive on macOS Big Sur and Apple M1 Processors

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To install and run MyWorkDrive on an Apple M1 processor Mac, you will need to enable kernel (system) extensions in the Recovery Enviornment. The process will require you to approve changes in the Security & Privacy contol panel of System Preferences, make edits in the Recovery Console and reboot several times.

This new process applies to Mac computers running the Apple M1 processor and is a change prompted by Apple. They no longer permit developers to create file system extensions (drivers) without the user specifically permitting them at the hardware level (in the recovery console).

The developer community as a whole, MyWorkDrive, and the macFUSE team will continue to pressure Apple to simplify this process and will look for alternatives, as we recognize it is an unreasonble expectation for the average computer user. However, at this time, there are no alternatives. As such, we have prepared this detailed guide to aid you in stepping through the process.

We strongly advise you to proceed only if you have a strong knowledge of the macOS file system and Recovery process as mistakes made could render your computer unusable or data corrupt.

We would encourage you to have a backup of critical files/data prior to proceeding, and to proceed with caution.

As Apple makes updates with each release, there may be variations to these instructions in your application. They are known to be accurate as of BigSur 11.0.1 production release on 1st generation Apple M1 macs.  

 

Here is a walk through of the process.

Install macFuse 4.0.4 (or higher). A minimum version of macFuse 4.0.4 is required for Apple M1 processors and MyWorkDrive.  MyWorkDrive uses the macFUSE file system driver as part of our solution.

During Install you will be prompted that a System Extension was Blocked. Click the Open Security Preferences button to open.  If you choose ignore, you will not be