I figured this was the best place to ask. I'm getting a new computer soon with 4 drives, 2 M.2's and 2 Sata SSD's. I was going to set the two M.2's to be the OS drive and have Raid 1 just do if something happens the important stuff will be safe. And I was going to set the two Sata SSD's to run in raid 0, not just for performance, but because I'm super OCD about file origination and I've got about 5TB's of files, and splitting them between two drives and not just having the whole folder tree is going to bother me.
But EVERYTHING I read about Raid makes it seem like if you sneeze near a computer with it, or look at it funny it'll break. I was under the assumption that the ONLY thing that breaks a Raid was one of the drives breaking. That's the ONLY way to lose all of the data. But now I keep hearing about if the power is suddenly cut, or if the computer blue screens, ect, THAT breaks it too? The system won't have a battery for the raid controller, and the most I know about the controller from the manufacturer is it's a "Intel Raid Controller." But they said there is no internal battery for it. I assumed if the computer blue screened, or power was cut, it would just act like a normal drive, where if something was being written to it, maybe THAT file would be corrupt, but I keep hearing that the entire array and all of it's data will be lost?
I'll definitely be backing up my computer, probably every other week. But at this point I don't know if Raid is even safe, it sounds like not just raid 0, but also raid 1 if the system blue screens will just break. I don't need Raid 0 for the speed, that's just a bonus. I want it so there are less drives in "My Computer" to go through, so it's just 1 drive with everything on it. Is there anything else that isn't as dangerous as Raid 0 to do to combine two drives? And Just HOW fragile are Raid 1 and 0?