Upon returning from MAX 2006 in Las Vegas, my workstation was a little frozen. “No problem, a quick reboot,” I thought. Alas, “NO SYSTEM DISK OR DISK ERROR” greeted me. “Well at least I have RAID,” I thought.
Fat lot of good that did me.
After days and days of rebuilding my system (and only losing a wee bit of extremely important stuff), I determined that the RAID controller (Silicon Image 3114) onboard my motherboard (Asus A8N-SLI) corrupted the RAID information on the disks, destroying the RAID array, which took out the boot information. So I couldn’t just break the mirror and reboot because the RAID data was corrupted.
Long story short, I’ve rebuilt everything and am back up and running using the onboard nVidia RAID chip, not the Silicon Image chip.
After I had everything installed just right, I bought Acronis TrueImage and a non-RAID, 500GB NAS. Now I’ve got scheduled nightly backups of my data, weekly backups of all my miscellaneous junk and a mandate to take occasional images of my system drive. The theory being that if I suffer a simple HDD failure, I can swap out the disk in the RAID array. But if something happens to my computer with data corruption or massive, smoking hardware failures, I still have the NAS backup.
So for those of you putting all your eggs in the RAID basket, don’t! Before long, something will happen, then you’ll be as bad off (or worse) as if you didn’t have RAID.