Sorry this took so long to get back. Here are some pics of the Fan Panel:
And here is the finished build:
As usual nothing goes the way you plan it when you do these kinds of things. I had originally planned to "move" my current server build into the new case but the first problem was the lack of a mounting position for my old PATA system drive. I figured I could still do the move by imaging the disc and loading it onto the new 2.5" drive. Of course I forgot that WHS is a server platform and my imaging software refuses to work on any server platform. They require that you purchase the expensive server version.
I decided to temporarily mount the old drive to see if I could perform the other difficult task of moving all my drives from the old SATA controllers to the new 3ware/Chenbro setup. I planned on adding a blank 1.5tb drive to the 3ware controller, then "ADD" it to the WHS and remove one of the drives that was on my 4 port Promise SATA controller. Of course that was a nightmare. Whenever the Promise controller was in the PCI slot I couldn't get transfer rates to go above a couple of megabytes per second on the 3ware. I worked on it for 2 days, moving the Promise card around to different PCI slots and trying different settings on the 3ware card but eventually gave up.
Needless to say I ended up doing a completely new install of WHS to the new 2.5" SATA drive and am now in the process of laboriously copying all of my files off of each disc. I hook up each to the motherboard SATA controller and manually copy files to the empty disc that has been initialized on the 3ware/Chenbro array (as individual discs - no RAID at all). Once I have an empty drive I move it to the 3ware Chenbro controller, initialize it and start on the next disk. This is probably going to take me 2 or 3 days to move all 8TB of my data onto the WHS storage pool.
Oh well, the best laid plans...
On a happier note the new 3ware/Chenbro system seems to be working great. The transfer speeds seem to be consistantly in the 60-70 megabyte per second range during these big transfers (mostly large iso images).
The new 4220 is a nice case. I did replace the screaming Delta fans with some bargain basement 27cfm fans I got in a 4 pack at FRY'S and even though the airflow is less the temps don't go above 40c even under this copying load. Of course I never expect to see a large number of drives under full load for any extended periods since this is a medai server and not a high demand data server so I think the new fans will be fine even when the case is full of drives. You can see from the pictures that I replace the rear 80mm fans also. They were a little loud and I wanted 3 wire fans to connect to the MB (the original are 2 wire with Molex connectors).
I initially had an issue with getting drives in the top row to seat and be recognized by the data connection but it turned out that it was an interference issue I created when I used some zip ties to secure some of the wiring. Zip ties in the stategically wrong place were causing the drives not seat all the way in. Once I removed the zip ties everything was fine.
Overall I'm very happy with the case. The mini SAS 8087 connectors really keep the cable clutter down and allows the smaller fans to provide a good airflow through the case. I do wish Norco would make a fan plate version for 120mm fans. It seems like it would be easy and inexpensive to sell one as a seperate option and it would really make a lot of us DIY types much happier with the case. I will mention it to my contact at Norco and see what he says.