"1GB 2.5" SATA enterprise class drives and 4x WD 1TB RE4's in the regular slots."
Oh 2.5 inch disks - those are normally slower - but enterprise class are NOT cost effective!!! That 1TB drive lists for $229 your out of your freaking MIND to go with those http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148710
But sure that works
Other than no sata slots for 8.. So yeah you would need card. Wouldn't it have been more cost effective to just put in some 2 or 3TB drives and be done with it with using less bays?
Noisy? Mine doesn't make a peep?? Is is currently sitting like 4 feet from me - other than the blue HP light and power light I would not know its on even.. You must have something wrong if its making any noise? You would have to change out all your switches with smart if your wanting to use tagging to isolate while running across your homeplugs.. I would really suggest you research that before doing it.. But from the homeplug 1.0 spec it says they support 802.1q (vlan tagging)
Its like what a $100 for the dock, when you could of just put in 2TB drives not needed more sata slots. And had same amount of space 4TB, or when with 3TB and had 2 more TB, etc..
So could of gone with thesehttp://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148953
at $259 each x 2 = 518
or your 229 x4 = 916 for the same space? That makes NO sense, sorry!