Qio for Mac
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Driver (6)
IDDownload TitleDownload LinkPost Date
496 Qio System Installer and Uninstaller (OS X, macOS) 1.5.0Nov-29-2016
631 Sony SxS Memory Card Driver for macOS 10.14-macOS 12, version 3.1.0Jan-26-2022
Operating System Requirements: macOS 10.14-macOS 11
Note: You will be redirected to the manufacturer's download page.
Description: SxS driver for macOS supports Sonnet SF3 Series SxS PRO X Card Reader, SF3 Series SxS Pro Card Reader, SxS PRO X Thunderbolt 3 Single Slot Reader, Echo ExpressCard Thunderbolt Adapter, Qio, and Qio E3.

Version 3.1.0 supports macOS 10.14 (Catalina)-macOS 12 (Monterey). This version is compatible with Intel and M1 Macs. Follow the procedures below for installing on M1 Macs.

For an M1 Mac:
Before the SxS device Driver can be installed on an M1 Mac, the security policy setting must be changed to Reduced Security using the following procedure.

1. On the M1 Mac, select Shut Down from the Apple menu.
2. Press and hold the power button until you see Loading startup options.
3. Click Options, then click Continue.
4. In macOS Recovery, if you are prompted for user selection, click Next and enter the password for an administrator account, if required.
5. In the Recovery Application, select Startup Security Utility from the Utilities menu.
6. Select the startup disk you want to use to set the security policy.
If the disk is encrypted with FileVault, click Unlock, enter the password, then click Unlock.
7. Click Security Policy.
8. Select Reduced Security, then select the Allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers checkbox to allow installation of software that uses legacy kernel extensions and enter the password for an administrator account, if required.
9. Restart your Mac to apply the changes.
 
710 Sony SxS UDF Driver for macOS 2018-02-01
725 USB 2.0 Over Thunderbolt Patch for Qio/Qio E3 1.1Jun-17-2013
1088 Sony SxS UDF Driver for Windows 2.4.02018-02-01
1176 Sony SxS Memory Card Driver for macOS 10.12-10.13, version 3.0.0Sep-19-2019
 
Firmware (2)
Manual (4)
FAQ (31)
IDArticle TitlePost Date
491 Are Sonnet Tempo SATA cards compatible with the Drobo S? Feb-02-11
495 My P2 card is unexpectedly unmounting from my Qio after I wake a Mac Pro or MacBook Pro from sleep. v1045050Aug-01-13
499 I get a blue screen on my Mac Pro/MacBook Pro instead of booting when I connect Qio v1045050Mar-24-10
501 Are all C600X CF Cards more or less equal performance in a Qio? Mar-22-10
503 Can I power the Qio from a FireWire port on a MacBook Pro? Mar-23-10
509 Is the Qio driver compatible with a 64-bit kernel boot of OS X 10.6 or 10.7? Aug-01-13
510 Can I use the AJA IO Express with the Sonnet Qio in a MacBook Pro? Mar-23-10
512 My Qio was working fine with my ExpressCard/34 bus interface card, but the Qio does not work with my PCIe Express bus interface card in an early 2009 MacPro. Mar-31-10
Check the serial number on the bottom of the Qio. If it starts with A, contact Sonnet support for more information.
 
514 My unibody MacBook Pro will spontaneously restart after shutdown with Qio attached. Mar-31-10
Check the bottom of the Qio for the serial number.
This can occur on some Qio units with a serial number begins with A, B, or C. Contact Sonnet support for more information.
 
516 What kind of battery can I use with the Qio? Apr-08-10
527 Why does my Maci take so long to boot when the Qio is attached? Jul-31-13
528 Why can't a Mac Pro acknowledge the Qio if it is plugged in after the Mac is booted? Sep-13-13
Plugging in a Qio is like plugging in PCIe cards. In the Mac Pro's case, although media (DVDs, CF cards, SD cards, etc) can be plugged in, there was never an expectation by OS X that a PCIe card could be hot-plugged into a Mac Pro. As a result, OS X has no infrastructure for detecting and starting a driver loading process. The plug-in event is not noticed by the system.
 
536 With a Qio connected, my Mac Pro kernel panics when I shut down after using Avid Media Composer. Jul-31-13
547 I'm getting a OS X kernel panic when I remove an SxS card from the Qio connected to a tower Mac Pro that also has a video capture card installed. Oct-31-14
563 I'm getting a long blue screen when I boot a Mac with Qio installed. Sep-13-13
Reinstall the Qio software.
 
566 I upgraded to 10.6.8 and my system no longer boots. Sep-26-11
576 What version of OS X do I need to use Qio with MacBook Pro? Aug-20-14
581 Is Qio Compatible with 17" Thunderbolt MacBook Pro? Sep-13-13
Yes, but you must hot plug the Qio's interface card into the ExpressCard/34 slot of the 17" Thunderbolt MacBook Pro. The Qio will not be recognized in the 17" Thunderbolt MacBook Pro if you boot or restart with the Qio plugged into the ExpressCard/34 slot. See FAQ 632 for more infomation about compatibility connecting Qio via Thunderbolt.
 
632 Is Qio compatible with Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter? Jul-31-13
Yes, but it requires the Sonnet PCIe Bus Extender ExpressCard/34 Revision B (serial number beginning with B), which began shipping December 2011; or the Sonnet PCIe 2.0 Bus Extender ExpressCard/34.
 
633 Is Qio compatible with the Matrox T/ADP Thunderbolt Port Adapter? Feb-28-12
No, the Qio software is not yet compatible with a Thunderbolt connection. When Qio is compatible, it should work with the Matrox T/ADP Thunderbolt Port Adapter.
 
639 Is the Qio PCIe 2.0 Bus Extender card compatible in all slots of the Mac Pro 5,1? May-06-13
646 How can I read UDF Formatted SxS cards? Aug-11-17
648 Why is the Panasonic OS X P2 driver not compatible with 64-bit mode, while the Sony SxS driver, CF driver and SATA drivers are compatible with 64-bit mode? Oct-31-14
This issue is now resolved. The Panasonic P2 driver included with Qio software version 1.2.3 and later is 64-bit compatible. Installing Qio 1.3.2 or later adds P2 support to systems running OS X in 64-bit mode, including Mavericks (10.9) and Yosemite (10.10)
 
651 Do Qio and Qio CF4 support UDMA 7 CompactFlash cards? May-06-13
653 I connected a Red Station media reader to the eSATA ports, but the media would not mount. How do I mount the media? May-06-13
678 Is the Qio compatible with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks)? Oct-31-14
The Qio is compatible with OS 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.9.5 (Mavericks) when using Qio software version 1.3.2 and later.
 
693 My computer kernel panics after updating OS X to 10.8.2. What can I do to fix it? (Qio/Qio CF4/Qio E3 issue) Nov-06-12
713 My Qio Does Not Recognize My SD-to-SxS Adapter May-07-13
730 I have a Retina MacBook Pro (or other Mac introduced in 2012), and my machine won't boot after installing Qio software. Dec-06-12
757 My Stardom RAIDSonic ST3620-2S-S2 is not reliable with 6Gb drives and and a 6Gb controller. Jul-08-13
1135 Can I format an SxS card in UDF format in macOS? 2.4.0Jan-20-21