not sure where to put this, or if this is a bannable offense. but anyone in germany willing to get 6 of these http://www.hanobox.de/product_info.php/info/p2450_IOI-SATA-IDE03-Serial-ATA-to-Parallel-ATA-BridgeBoard--1-5Gbps-.html and ship it to me? I'd do it myself but they are charging 150 euros for shipping.... I'm not sure if that's the lowest price, but I can't seem to find any cheaper. I've contacted IOI directy, but haven't heard back from them yet. I'll see, there's not too much of a rush.
It uses the Marvell bridge chip that all the SATA drives have used, so I figure it must be better than some of the other converters I've dealt with.