> Please note that striping is very very dangerous (NOT spelled "stripping")
Hmm maybe I've been to too many strip clubs lately ...and stripping is dangerous you can catch a cold, it's winter time after all.
> I dispute that claim chiefly because:
I would agree with your analysis if all hard disks were born equal against wear. I've yet to see any array (Raid 1 or 5 or 6 or whatever), where all drives broke in the same time period. The first can die in months the next in years...
> I don't exactly know where all this fear-mongering about RAID 0 arrays originated.
In the old days had a Athlon 64 with a raid 0 as a boot drive (windows 2000 upgraded later to XP), while performance was superb, one ugly day I did lose the array, and my OS was a goner. Wasn't a major blow as no data was irreplaceable (did plan for that), but re downloading and re-installing Gigs of Steam games is time consuming and no fun. So I guess my fear-mongering origin is ... my own personal experience.
For an enterprise, raid 0 (database logs a good example) yes I'm for it, as long as disaster recovery is planned and down time mitigated. Don't think that was the scope of Jonas question.
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