When a drive fails in a 7 drive, 2 TB SATA disk RAID 5, you’ll have 6 remaining 2 TB drives. As the RAID controller is reconstructing the data it is very likely it will see an URE. At that point the RAID reconstruction stops.And later...
RAID proponents assumed that disk failures are independent events, but long experience has shown this is not the case: 1 drive failure means another is much more likely.That sounds an awful lot like what I've been saying for 8 or 9 years now... (Well, not specifically about 2TB drives, but you know what I mean... :-)
So the myth that I've been hearing for the last 15 years or so is that you get speed and data security with RAID 5. The fact is that the speed of an intact array is terrible, and to use the word "speed" in regards
to a degraded array would be an oxymoron. Add that to the odds of a failure of one of your "good" drives during a rebuild, and you get one big pile of fail.
The advantage of RAID 5 is capacity. Period. Any other RAID solution costs more in terms of raw storage capacity. RAID 6 gives you one less drive of capacity in exchage for improving your odds of a successful
rebuild, but as you all know, I still don't trust it for anything that we don't have a mirror of somewhere.
We've been doing a lot of RAID 1 and RAID 1+0, which is fine, but ultimately you have the same problem there with likely failures while trying to rebuild an array, but you have the added bonus problem that
errors may go undetected. They may kill performance, but the checksums on RAID 5 and 6 do give you an added safety net since you can detect corrupted data.
For some of our largest arrays, we've been doing mirrored (or rsync'd) RAID 5 or 6, which, while extraordinarily wasteful in terms of storage space, gives us very good odds of recovery from catastrophic hardware failure.
I have to wonder if the real answer here might ultimately be to add parity to a stripe/mirror set, so that any combination of drive failures in an array of n drives that leaves you with at least (n-2)/2 working
drives is easily recoverable... (Maybe doing RAID 6 over pairs of mirrored drives would be sufficient. I have to think on that a bit...)