Just received a Maxtor 120GB 8MB SATA this morning and hooked it up to replace a returned WD 80 SE which was reasonably fast but it sounded like a jet engine. The Maxtor idles nearly silent but its seeks were not loud but noticable. Remember reading about IBM/now Hitachi's drive utility which I didn't think would work with the new Maxtor drive but I gave it a whirl to try to see if the seeks could be quieted a bit. Guess what it worked beautifully - the drive is totally silent. Did it suffer a performance hit? According to SI Max only a 2.8% drop which isn't bad. Numbers were in the range of 35200 (normal mode) and 34850 (quiet). Utility is a little strange though, to get the best performance I set the level to 1 below minimum AAM management, the noise drop was significant but the performance dropped to 2.8%. Going to run some non-synthetic tests and repost. Hopefully I'm not trashing the drive using a totally unsupported method (although I cant see how). For those of you complaining about noisy Seagates, this tool might be a solution if it can recognize and set the drive.