Thanks RAID!

After occasionally wondering over the past 2 years whether spending money on extra drives to build a RAID 5 array in my desktop PC was worthwhile, I now feel vindicated after one of my drives (a Western Digital WD5000YS) failed over the weekend. Upon restarting my PC, Intel Matrix Storage Console was able to identify the failed drive, but it was impossible to actually use the computer due to constant delayed write error notifications and constant freezing. After noting down the serial number of the failed drive from Storage Console, I was able to remove the failed drive, and my PC is again working although the volume now shows Degraded status.

Even better, Western Digital have an Advance Replacement RMA program where the replacement drive is shipped immediately without needing to first return the faulty drive. They reserve the value of the replacement from your credit card, and this is not deducted as long as the faulty drive is returned within 30 days.

One Comment

  1. Flyte
    Posted August 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering the same thing the other day too, but then the inevitable happened. It didn’t happen to my desktop pc however, it happened to the iBreaks webserver!

    Needless to say, I’ve also gone for RAID5 in my new desktop PC. I also have Western Digital drives, so with any luck, I’ll be able to get the same service.

    I think the amount of hard drives I’ve seen die for no reason is well into the 30s or 40s. I think it’s happening a lot more these days. Perhaps because of the higher density or perhaps just because they use cheaper components.

    I’ve also got a solid state hard drive in my desktop PC. Presumably these don’t die, but they do of course have a finite lifecycle. Not sure when or how you find out your SSD is dying, or how it affects data, so I guess I cross that bridge when I come to it ;).