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we have these mini-SAS PCIe SATA III controllers. Mini-SAS enclosures seem to run about $500, but I can use a $10 mini-SAS-to-SATA adapter cable so then all I need is an external enclosure that provides SATA power and has a way to run the cables into the drives. Should work? Any suggestions?

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Sounds like a shopping/recommendation question, voted to close. – DanBig Jul 12 '12 at 18:42
Yes, it's a question about whether such a product exists. If so, what is an example. If not why not. Where do these questions belong? – Chinasaur Jul 12 '12 at 19:12
Agree. Question is about technical feasibility. Many admins often face questions like this. – TomTom Jul 12 '12 at 19:29
Gotta love the summary judgement from the admins/bureaucrats. Always a good way to kill a community... – Chinasaur Jul 14 '12 at 0:55

Google tells me that they exist and can be purchased. Look for "SAS enclosure" and select something with the right connector - SFF-8470 (InfiniBand) is quite common but SFF-8086/7/8 (various mini-SAS) can be found too.

More cheaply, an "external disk array" (disk bays with power/SATA connectors) also exist.

Everything else will depend on your setup - ideally, get something rackmounted, running off your UPS, with a very neat cable connecting to your sever and hopefully it won't be accidentally pulled or lose power.

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Thanks, but I'm looking for a way more low-budget solution. As I mentioned in the question, mini-SAS enclosures are about $500, but a mini-SAS to SATA cable is $10. What I'm looking for is either a product that provides only power and you run your own data cables to the drives, or else a cheap product that can be hacked into filling this role. – Chinasaur Jul 13 '12 at 3:40
@Chinasaur This is fast approaching shopping, but yes - e.g.… – Andrew Jul 13 '12 at 3:45
Thanks again, basically I need the right terms to be searching for, then of course I will do my own shopping. The link is pretty close but it wants power input from a PSU. What I want is a small box for 4-8 drives with a wall wart. – Chinasaur Jul 13 '12 at 3:51

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