• Fixing Onyx’s RAID 1 failure


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Before I was able to decommission Onyx, my daily driver desktop PC, one of my hard drives failed. Hard.

    Why the hard failure? Because I didn’t take my own advice — to replace hard drives every five years. The two Seagate drives in Onyx’s RAID 1 array were built in 2014 and put into service in 2015.

    One of the drives failed nine months ago, so it lasted seven years — two years later than when I should have replaced it. Fortunately, Onyx is modern enough to have a good RAID system, from Intel. The fix was remarkably easy and, for the most part, automated.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.18.0, 2023-05-01).