I kind of agree with tipstir... I used to have a big tower computer with a bunch of drives in it running a free NAS OS. It was big, loud, and consumed a lot of power. It also lacked many of the features of the modern NAS boxes. I migrated to a bunch of small 1 drive NAS boxes and liked the more compact setup, but was difficult to manage the mess of cables, power supplies, and drives. I then migrated to a 4 bay ReadyNAS first and loved it. Over time my needs changed and I migrated to the QNAP 6 bay unit I have now, and downtasked my ReadyNAS as backup for primary NAS. They are small, quiet, and power misers. Sorry I have no advice for your specific question, but think that with that many drives a move to a real NAS would be good in the long run.