Oct 26

This can not be stressed strongly enough. There is never a case when RAID5 is th… | Hacker News

This can not be stressed strongly enough. There is never a case when RAID5 is the best choice, ever [1]. There are cases where RAID0 is mathematically proven more reliable than RAID5 [2]. RAID5 should never be used for anything where you value keeping your data. I am not exaggerating when I say that very often, your data is safer on a single hard drive than it is on a RAID5 array. Please let that sink in.

The problem is that once a drive fails, during the rebuild, if any of the surviving drives experience an unrecoverable read error (URE), the entire array will fail. On consumer-grade SATA drives that have a URE rate of 1 in 10^14, that means if the data on the surviving drives totals 12TB, the probability of the array failing rebuild is close to 100%. Enterprise SAS drives are typically rated 1 URE in 10^15, so you improve your chances ten-fold. Still an avoidable risk.

RAID6 suffers from the same fundamental flaw as RAID5, but the probability of complete array failure is pushed back one level, making RAID6 with enterprise SAS drives possibly acceptable in some cases, for now (until hard drive capacities get larger).

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