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Flashback to 1993, when this manufacturing company buys its first RAID 5 storage system -- which takes some special preparation, according to a pilot fish working there.

"The RAID array was for serving the data needs of a factory machine that had to run 24/7," fish says. "During the initial setup, we did a lot of testing of the hardware, to ensure that it was worth the investment and to give us administrative experience.

"For example, we would pull single drives to simulate hardware failure, then replace them with our spare drives to simulate the repair, all while running the server under a mock load.

"We would also pull multiple drives to corrupt the RAID, so that we could play with backups and restores. I was helped in this project by two other IT people, Fred and Barney.

"About six months after we went live with the RAID, Barney came through the data center giving a tour of the place to his new girlfriend. Fred and I watched in horror as Barney proceeded to pull several of the RAID drives to show off. Did I mention that we had already gone live?

"The factory was down for about three hours while the damage was repaired and data restored. While this should have been a resume-generating event, Barney survived to cause several more disasters."

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