So I've gotten my hands on some old HP servers.
Best thing? I've stuffed this sucker full of hot swap drive bays, 12 bays in total.
Even got them all recognised in the old Smart Array controllers!!!! How cool is that?!?
Then the problem hits.
These controllers don't support HBA\JBOD mode, and seem to have a 2.2TB limit.
So, I'm looking for a card that DOESNT have the 3TB bottleneck, is PCI-E, and takes 8484 connectors (unless adapter cables exist? Ill ebay this....)
Preferably old server stuff, as it means the cards are in the double digits for cost, not triple.
Thanks for any help everyone!