A 2008 should work just fine but since these are 12G drives a SAS3 controller should technically be preferable (To be honest, I have my doubts about this but that's another story). I have quite a few Dell Perc H310's and they've always worked flawlessly and they're cheap. All have been flashed with IT firmware.I also suspect the Highpoint controller.
I have a LSI SAS2008 in another computer which I could swap in.
Do you think it would work well, or is it too old?
What LSI controllers do you recommend? I need a 8 port internal card.
Can I ask what these drives set you back?
sure, I bought one lot in December of 2020 off ebay (all seller had) and then contacted them directly to buy more stock as they inventoried them, all in all I purchased 33 (1 shelf spare, 2 sets of 16 for my two TNC CSE-836's). Avg price was about 287/drive. At the time it was a pretty good deal. These drives were white label but took retail firmware (provided by a member) just fine. knock on wood no failures yet in about 18 months of mostly continuous uptime.I'm currently using 32 recertified white-label EXOS 16 16TB SAS drives
x16 16tb for $196.99Still serverpartdeals.com. X16 16TB for $204.99
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$20 less than last month.
Those are some killer prices for drives with a warranty. $ 12.3125/TB and $12.5/TB, respectively for those doing the math. And this even beats the lowest per TB cost of any easystore shucked drive by over a dollar ($13.57/TB). Cheapest and the best.x16 16tb for $196.99
x18 16tb for $199.99
You're right, and there's a new record low price per TB too, breaking the $12/TB mark. I went through and updated the prices on the ones I linked.FYI, the prices on several of these have dropped even further. The recertified HGST 12 TB's dropped to $155 each and I think several of the other ones listed in the original post have dropped price as well
Good drive deals pop up there every so often, but you have to keep your eyes peeled. I think we here on the other side of the pond a lot of times don't realize how good we have it in terms of prices for all this stuff...I don't even have the space for a DAS unit. Using a 10TB+ HDD as external storage for things like archiving buildzoid's past Twitch streams on the other hand...
I'm in Aus, I would check out their postage costs to your location. I purchased 3x 16TB Exos X18 drives at US$199 each (they are out of stock now), was $93 for shipping. Even with Amex taking a cut on the exchange rate it came out to ~AUD$1100, which for 48TB of raw space is soooo much cheaper than anything I can find in Aus.If only these were in Europe