Can I connect an SAS tape drive to a Dell PERC 6i SAS RAID controller?

Posted on 2008-11-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have a new Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6i Integrated SAS RAID controller. I have a tape drive connected U320 LVD to an internal Adaptec PCI-X SCSI Card. I need to upgrade this tape drive to a larger unit and I'm thinking I'd get a unit thats SAS (since most of the larger ones seem to be). Can I just connect this right up to the PERC 6i unit and have it show as a tape drive in Windows Server 2003? I can't think of any reason why not, I just don't want to make a $2500 mistake.
Question by:ssittig
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    You should be able to, but I would still check with Dell ir the tape vendor to be sure.

    Also see if you have the latest firmware.

    I hope this helps !
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    Tape drives do not traditionally work on RAID adapters, which are optimized for disk.  So, you will need a separate SAS adapter for the new drive.  We have an Dell PERC 5/E we use for testing external SAS tape drives that works very well.  We have also noticed that SAS LTO-4's perform faster than their SCSI and 2Gb FC counterparts, so for stand-alone drives, SAS is definitely the way to go.  Hopefully your server has PCI Express slots, as non-RAID SAS adapters are fairly rare in the PCI-X varieties.

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks. I'll find a stand alone.

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