The idea is to grab an Intel NUC and plug one of these SATA to M.2 adapters into the M.2 port to connect four 3.5" HDDs as part of a build-your-own NAS project.
The NUC however, cannot power the hard drives. I am looking for ideas on how to power these without a regular ATX/ITX power supply. I find that overkill for the simple job of providing 5/12V to hard drives. How would you do it? Any ideas are welcome.
I did consider using a PicoPSU but have no experience with them and I don't know if it can provide power via it's HDD power connectors without the motherboard connector being plugged in. Why/not would you recommend this?