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I generally agree with regards to pouring over event logs, when it comes to troubleshooting. I'm much more inclined to resolve software issues with a reinstall. That said, I'm not convinced that the OP's problem is entirely software, which is why I suggested he look for errors in his eventlog. If you have a bad drive/cable/controller/ etc, Reinstalling the OS isn't going to solve anything, other than waste a bunch of time.
Much like Kapone I have custom installs saved for my PCs/laptops with known good drivers, windows updates, and common programs already slipstreamed into the image. (or installed during setup via script) the process is entirely automated except for partitioning the drive (I don't want a disc/usb stick that will wipe out a partition if I accidentally leave it in) and user account creation. Dell makes it super easy now for my laptops as they have a single CAB file available on their site with all the drivers already uncompressed and ready to be slipstreamed for my systems (I use Optiplex and Latitude, not sure if they do that or not for "home" PCs)
Speaking for myself, when it comes to troubleshooting, even if I know the issue will ultimately be resolved with a reinstall, I still will usually make an effort to track down what the problem was, so I can see what caused it, and hopefully avoid it in the future. I don't just want to treat the symptoms, I'd rather address the root of the problem if I can.
To paraphrase an old saying, Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.