Last time I used Raid 5 I had 2 drives of the 4 die within 2 hours of each other. It was completely gay..
Similar situation here. I had my machine lose power during the verify/rebuild after one HDD died. Lost the array and had to buy R-Studio to recover the data from two of the remaining uncorrupted drives, took many many many hours ...
Given a verify/rebuild can take hours with onboard/software RAID during which time it is extremely fragile and you're not even supposed to cleanly reboot until it's finished, I'm never touching software RAID again. Would go a hardware controller, but that's some serious $$$.
perhaps a UPS would be a good investment
Costly for a decent one, and with its own risks. Bought a few regular $150-200 ones for work for non-critical applications. One of them actually smoked and caught fire on its own. A similar UPS I had at home blew the motherboard of my PC when the power cable was knocked.last edited by parabol at 17:09:19 23/Apr/12