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How Likely is RAID-0 to Fail? Should i not store stuff on it?

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My storage drive is filling up and only has around 25 gb left

But my RAID-0 with 2x250gb 7200.10 drives still has plenty of space. But i'm a little worried about storing stuff on there.

Should i be worried about storing stuff on my RAID-0 array, stuff such as shows and animes and what not that i wish to keep?

ATM i have enough space to store all of my critical stuff; like my music and important shows, on my storage drive.
But eventually the choice will be either, buy a bigger storage drive, store stuff on my raid0, or take apart my raid 0 and just have 2x 250gb drives + my current storage drive.
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You could make the RAID array your Primary, and make the storage drive a back up drive. Do back-ups once or twice a week.

You get everything on the RAID, and the security of back-ups

You should have enough space to backup your critical files?

...maybe?

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MTBF for those drives are 5 years. RAID failue based on failing disk is just the shortest lifetime for all disks.
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You could make the RAID array your Primary, and make the storage drive a back up drive. Do back-ups once or twice a week.

You get everything on the RAID, and the security of back-ups

You should have enough space to backup your critical files?

...maybe?

I could care less if windows crashes. I would just have to reinstall windows and my games, big whoop.

I care about my media files, which go straight on my storage drive.

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MTBF for those drives are 5 years. RAID failue based on failing disk is just the shortest lifetime for all disks.
MTBF... Had to look that one up lol...

Maybe my storage drive is more likely to fail than my raid 0 lol. My storage maxtor is like 3-4 years old hah.
So i guess i can store stuff on my RAID-0 for like 2-3 years before i should really worry based of what DuckieHo had to say.

RAID0 just had a higher % chance to fail because it's two drives working together so if one fails the other fails....

What's the chance of the single drive failing heh, anyone have any numbers? I personally haven't had any experience with any hard drive what so ever failing.
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What's the chance of the single drive failing heh, anyone have any numbers? I personally haven't had any experience with any hard drive what so ever failing.
5 years is the mean time before failure. That's basically the average life of a hard drive. Could be more... could be less... be average is around 5 years.
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I guess i won't worry about storing my media on my raid 0 until later down the road.
By then i'll probably have something bigger anyways.
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