I few years ago I ran 8 WD1200JBâ€™s in RAID5, at first software, later on a RocketRAID 404, and over a period of a year, year and a half I saw 5 drives go bust. A buddy of mine ran much the same setup, and also had a lot for hassle. About 2 years ago I swapped all the disks for WD2000JBs of which I now have about two dozen (only one have failed thus far)â€¦ but Iâ€™ve never been running them in RAID.
Iâ€™ve decided not to swap them for new ones, but I'm not realy comfy about storing all my data on such old disks. I'm considering RAID5 but I donâ€™t care to have to dismantle my server and RMA a drive a month due to RAID5 killing old drives.
Is RAID5 (a lot) more likely to kill my disks that â€œnormalâ€ usage? The server is running 24/7, but with only a 10mbit internet connection and local clients using wlan load/performance requirements are almost none existent.