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Connecting a SAS tape drive to a Dell Server

Morning Guys,

I've had a new Dell R415 Server delivered but cannot connect our external SAS tape drive.

I confirmed the spec had  free PCIe slot before ordering for the controller card i already have for the tape, but it turns out the RAID card the server uses fills it. Thank Dell......

Its a PERC H200 RAID controller with 2 x 8087 ports, one of which is being used for the 4 hard drives (RAID 10). I've tried connecting the tape directly using  8088 to 4x sata cable but nothing shows up in he card utility or in windows device manger.

The spec says the card supports non raid but I can find any config for the other port so I'm guessing it's one or the other and not both?

Dell have been useless saying I need to return the server for larger chassis model to get an extra PCIe slot, and loose 35-45% of what we have spent in doing so,

Seems insane to me when all I want ideally is a low profile PCIe SAS card that will run the RAID 10 and have an external port for my tape drive.

Any ideas or can someone recommend a card to purchase?
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Superb thanks, will try option B.