Which External did you get? And can I use an adapter to convert my SATA to Esata?With this many drives, I personally went esata--faster and more native. Ironically, it was a sans digital that came with its own hba that supports port multiplying and works flawlessly. I use this setup all the time with a parted magic boot disk to check drives in bulk.
I have an older one, but it's like this one and came with the esata card that works for the port multiplier: https://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid-tr8mnc.htmlWhich External did you get? And can I use an adapter to convert my SATA to Esata?
Or you buy the controller and then pick up something like a Dell MDxxxx for cheap. (There's a guy in ATL with 4x of them right now that's ready to sell them CHEAP, but I can't get there since one of my brake pads fell out of the rear the other day. Car has been needing some tlc for years now so it's time to shift gears to car stuff again.)probably best to get an LSI style SAS card with IT mode and external SAS connector, SAS cable, a SAS expander, SAS to SATA breakout cables, and a PCIe riser that uses Molex power and a case that can hold 12 drives
You'd be building something like this,
You know what? Those 'UNAS' cases would probably be really really good for this (although I'd stay far away from anything else from them): https://www.u-nas.com/index.htmlMaybe Node 304 (if you use 2.5"" drives, you can easily stack 4 drives per dock). Comes with 2x usb 3 on the front!
so, suddenly you need to spend thousands of dollars on a preassebled nas? Whats the point, when the goal is jbod??