First, the question:
Can anyone recommend a PCI-E SAS controller that:
- Supports tape drives
- Is quickly available in Canada
- Is as cheap as possible
If absolutely necessary, I could go with a PCI controller instead. Those are my only criteria, any other features like RAID support are completely irrelevant.
The cheapest option I can find is a Promise FastTrak TX2650 for $87.49, followed by a SuperMicro AOC-USAS-L4i for $162.49. I've sent inquiries to Promise and SuperMicro regarding SAS tape drive support, because I can't find any compatibility info to confirm or deny it. I need the controller right f***ing now, though, so if their response time is bad I can't wait for them. I absolutely cannot delay ordering past Thursday, so if I don't have a cheaper alternative by then I have no choice but to by the cheapest card that I'm certain works, which is an HP SC44GE.
Now that the question is out of the way, here's the background:
At long last I have my tape drive, my Areca SAS controller, and a SAS breakout cable (the latter item taking weeks to arrive). Now I'm cooking with fire... or so I thought.
I couldn't get my tape drive to work on the ARC-1222, and further research reveals that no Areca controllers are compatible with tape drives. http://faq.areca.com.tw/index.php?option=c...6-&Itemid=1
That's not so good... if I hadn't already been planning on buying the card for a RAID array anyway, I'd be supremely pissed off with myself for not better researching compatibility in advance.