I guess I must have got a lemon cause while there's no idle noise at all from this drive, its seek noise sounds like it's chewing gravel. The seek noise is WAY
louder than my old IBM deathstar. When I say it's seek noise is loud, I mean you can hear it grinding from 10-12 feet away with the case closed. It's easily the loudest drive I've ever heard when it's accessing data.
I've got a Seagate Barrcuda that you can not even hear iding or seeking.
So my advice is this, don't get this drive if you can't handle listening to it chew gravel when it's accessing data.
Other than the access noise it's great. I really think there must be something wrong with mine, cause the access noise is just insane.