I recently purchased a new Dell Poweredge T310 and after starting up the server, I realized the internal RAID controller only does RAID 0. A little backstory, I noticed you could NOT buy the server from Dell with a RAID 5 controller unless you bought all the HDD from Dell directly but when they charge $429 each (1TB) vs getting them on my own for $65 it's hard to want to do that. I decided to buy the single HDD configuration with 4 hot swap bays and while on the phone with the dell rep, I mentioned to him that based on the configuration I had chosen, it appeared as though I couldn't do anything but RAID 0 with the SAS6iR controller and adapter so basically, he severely misinformed me and said it would still do RAID 5 anyway.
So, bottom line is this, I have a SAS6iR RAID adapter for 4 hot plug HDD and need to replace the SAS6iR RAID controller in the PCI Exp slot with a RAID 5 controller. Dell wants a lot of money for this individually so does anyone know of any specific other brand controller that will be compatible with this particular SAS6iR adapter or know of anywhere that I can get the Dell one for cheap, even refurbished? My web search has led me nowhere.