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So I'm putting together a build list for a potential FreeNAS server build. I want a case that has 8-hot swap-able trays and isn't huge. I know they are not easy to find which is why I'm employing the help of others biggrin.gif.

I actually really like this case but unfortunately it only fits Mini-ITX boards and I think I'll be needing to use a MicroATX board.
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I'm really doubtful that you will be able to find a Micro ATX case with 8 front 3.25" bays for hot swapping. Even now manufactures don't make 8 front 5.25" bay cases. If you could find one they'd most likely be a full tower and too large and you'd have to buy the 5.25" hot swap bays yourself so that'd be like $15-20 for each bay. The only solutions I see are pre-made ones like QNAP with 8 bays and cost about $1,000+ which is not cheap. There's not much options left. You could always try to build your own custom case out of acrylic though.

The thing that puzzles me is that it's a NAS, why do you even need more processing power than an ITX board? It's sole purpose is to serve you files. If you need more processing power than what a Mini ITX can put out then you might as well build a full tower or go custom and build your own case. It looks like most ITX boards commonly have 4 SATA connections so you'll have to give up and use that PCIE slot for a PCIE Sata expansion card to meet the full 8 SATA drive of that U-NAS case.
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There's an ASRock FM2 ITX board that has 7 SATA internally and 1 eSATA on the rear panel. I'd guess you could go and use an eSATA to SATA adapter cable and pull that rear panel connector back inside to one of the HDD bays.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/FM2A85X-ITX/
Edited by deepor - 9/30/13 at 4:52am
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I'm really doubtful that you will be able to find a Micro ATX case with 8 front 3.25" bays for hot swapping. Even now manufactures don't make 8 front 5.25" bay cases. If you could find one they'd most likely be a full tower and too large and you'd have to buy the 5.25" hot swap bays yourself so that'd be like $15-20 for each bay. The only solutions I see are pre-made ones like QNAP with 8 bays and cost about $1,000+ which is not cheap. There's not much options left. You could always try to build your own custom case out of acrylic though.

The thing that puzzles me is that it's a NAS, why do you even need more processing power than an ITX board? It's sole purpose is to serve you files. If you need more processing power than what a Mini ITX can put out then you might as well build a full tower or go custom and build your own case. It looks like most ITX boards commonly have 4 SATA connections so you'll have to give up and use that PCIE slot for a PCIE Sata expansion card to meet the full 8 SATA drive of that U-NAS case.

I plan to use ZFS on FreeNAS. There is a lot of RAM overhead and it needs ECC support (Xeon) and Intel ethernet chipsets to work optimally. Therefore I really need a server grade motherboard which no mini-itx boards are (trust me I've looked). I think you are right though and I've basically given up the notion of using a case with hot swap bays so now I'm just looking for a nice small case that can fit 8 drives.
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