So I built a PC with two SSDs in a raid 0. I've since had two drive failures that took me out for week each time ( see post here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/375950-31-need-troubl...). Data loss isn't a huge deal because I back up religiously and rarely lose more than a file or two. (unfortunately this last time it was my dad's eulogy video the day before his funeral)
I've just received replacement drives. I'm contemplating whether I want to risk another raid 0 failure or if I should go with a raid 1. Are my applications even making use of 1gb/sec read/write? I do edit video frequently as well as very large photos 16,000px+. I'm not sure if it's some of my other components, but this PC is ridiculous fast. I don't want to change that if the raid 0 Is making a big difference.
I guess I just need some opinions from others that know the mechanics better than I.
I would not use RAID 0, I would do what I do -- use the first drive as an OS/program drive and use the second SSD as a scratch drive for Photoshop and Premier, or whatever programs you are using. This will give you excellent results without the hassle.
Benchmarks don't convince me that the actual usage is faster, I've raided dozens of SSDs and gotten great benchmarks, but that is just a benchmark, not real life, never actually saw any significant difference..
I have a stack of 6 extra SSDs in my way on my desk, and trust me, if it actually made a difference I would raid them.
Don't get me wrong. I love RAID. I have an 8 x 3Tb RAID 6 array to stream Blu-ray iso images to my HTPCs, but those are HDDs and there is a purpose, a big storage array. I used to do 4 raptors in RAID 0 before SSDs, but with SSDs it just does not really improve the experience since seek times are close to zero and all my large sequential writes for video editing go to scratch SSDs.
^On top of that, the only things RAID0 helps with in a major way are the things that SSDs already are good at. Faster seek times (So it's half a blink instead of a whole one), and quicker sustained reads, which do help, but not nearly as much as going from an SSD to a hard drive - in my eyes, it's not worth the chances at data loss.