We have only SATA ports in these servers and adding SAS controller is waste of resources. We usually use VelociRaptor drives for this purpose, but we are unable to source them for reasonable price from our suppliers
NOT SATA, but look at this guy's auctions. Several 10K 900GB and 600GB drives in 20x package size. Doesn't get cheaper. Every day new auctions. Why would you want to use SATA drives? Get cheap SAS2 SC213 or 216 backplanes and throw your SATA away Super cheap Supermicro CSE-216 cases are on eBay as well together with SAS backplanes.
Look for the seagate st9250610ns--solid 250GB drive that's available cheap--especially in quantity. I would contact a seller and negotiate as the space in the warehouse is usually worth more than the drives so you should be able to get them at well under $10/ea:
<p>*****These are NOT laptop hard drives they are server hard drives*****</p><br><br><br><p>Lot of 10 Dell 250GB ST9250610NS 2.5" SATA 9RZ162-136 server Hard Drive</p><p> </p><br><p>Manufacturer: Dell</p><p>Model: ST9250610NS</p><p>Part Number: 9RZ162-136</p><p>250GB</p><p>SATA</p><p>Condition...