I'm curious about something. A RAID array is usually "degraded" when one of the drives has failed and it's running without parity / mirroring. RAID0 doesn't have any redundancy; a degraded RAID0 is a dead RAID0. Can one of you clarify this for me?
LoL, yes, I thought the same thing. All I could come up with is his bios or windows is reporting a SMART error. Perhaps even the raid controller is passing along SMART information. In this situation, the drive is noted as likely to fail, not failed.
If this isn't the case, then I assume the OP is using RAID 1, not RAID 0. I don't think any RAID that uses parity can use just two drives. As you know, mirroring doesn't use parity, but makes exact copies of files.