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As far as RAID 0 is concerned, there are more failures. What im wondering is for you people with RAID 0 Array's, how often have you seen failure and how long did it take for this to happen?

Are there high failure rates? Or is it just those select people that do get failure's complain about?

I in my 8 years of using computers, have never once had a hard drive fail on me. Not once. Not even the 4-5 year old samsungs being used as an OS drive for my dads office.
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my spinpoint F3's have been going strong in raid0 for 6 months. raid0 drives fall out of raid if theyre western digital drives (power save feature) or just faulty. if you have a pair of good and fresh drives you should be good. bluescreens arent the greatest thing for raid0 hdds acting as the OS disks though.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brobanmanx2;14474537 
As far as RAID 0 is concerned, there are more failures. What im wondering is for you people with RAID 0 Array's, how often have you seen failure and how long did it take for this to happen?

Are there high failure rates? Or is it just those select people that do get failure's complain about?

I in my 8 years of using computers, have never once had a hard drive fail on me. Not once. Not even the 4-5 year old samsungs being used as an OS drive for my dads office.





If you're not doing lots of I/O your drive will live longer that's why there's a desktop drive and also a server drives.
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My F3's have been going strong in a RAID0 since August of last year. I've seen quite a few mechanical drive failures though (WD, Seagate, Hitachi, IBM, and Samsung....all of them). So I always, ALWAYS make sure I've got anything important backed up anymore. Which is why I have a RAID1 of 2TB drives, and an external backup of my RAID1.

Some call me overkill on that, but I like to think of it as insurance. smile.gif
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I have two seagate barracudas 7200.12 500gb in a raid 0 for over a year now(knock on wood). I keep all my music and important pics backed up on my laptop if it the raid ever fails. I dont keep a ton of important stuff on my comp to begin with from experiance. Backups are your friend.
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A two drive RAID 0 just doubles the chance of failure, as if any one drive goes, nearly all your data will go with it. Still, double a small rate of failure can still be a very low rate of failure.

That said, I never keep my important data on only one volume. That's just asking for trouble. Backups are a must, and not having them is a serious gamble if you have anything important. Drives can fail with or without warning.
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I in my 8 years of using computers, have never once had a hard drive fail on me. Not once. Not even the 4-5 year old samsungs being used as an OS drive for my dads office.

You've been exceptionally lucky then.

I usually lose about two drives a year, on average. I do have about 10-15 drives in use at any given time however.

I've had drives die within days, and have others that are 15-20 years old that still work fine.
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Of the 2 arrays of WD drives I've had neither one has had an issue I ran the last pair in RAID0 for 3 years. The current about a year.
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Never once had a hard drive fail on me either. I've touched the platters on an old 10gb, and it still worked like a pro.

As for my RAID 0 configs, i've never had one fail either. Since i've never had a drive fail on me, i still dont see or care about the added risk of RAID 0 (even though statistically there is double the chance for failure).

Keep important data on a separate hard drive, and you wont have problems. smile.gif
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my spinpoint F3's have been going strong in raid0 for 6 months. raid0 drives fall out of raid if theyre western digital drives (power save feature) or just faulty.
WD Greens have the power saving feature. Not the Blacks.
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if you have a pair of good and fresh drives you should be good. bluescreens arent the greatest thing for raid0 hdds acting as the OS disks though.
BSODs are bad, yes. You can't guarantee a write takes place at exactly the same moment on both drives, so RAID stripes can get out of sync. That means that if a write is taking place right when you BSOD, the file will probably get corrupted, and you should run CheckDisk on the array once you get back into Windows to catch filesystem corruption.
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A two drive RAID 0 just doubles the chance of failure, as if any one drive goes, nearly all your data will go with it. Still, double a small rate of failure can still be a very low rate of failure.
In theory it slightly reduces the individual drives' chances of failure. Each head only has to seek half as far because of how RAID-0 stripes data - less movement. wink.gif
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That said, I never keep my important data on only one volume. That's just asking for trouble. Backups are a must, and not having them is a serious gamble if you have anything important. Drives can fail with or without warning.
Very good advice.

Quote:
Originally Posted by srsparky32;14474573 
You've been exceptionally lucky then.

I usually lose about two drives a year, on average. I do have about 10-15 drives in use at any given time however.

I've had drives die within days, and have others that are 15-20 years old that still work fine.
Same here. I've had quite a few fail, but I also have tons in use at any given time.
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The only drives I've seen go are from when I worked at a machine shop. Those were in shop computers in really bad conditions. This Seagate I have has been running nonstop for almost 4 years now, with no problems whatsoever.
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