i have the 80GB 2mb version, model 6Y080L0, with firmware YAR41BW0(meaning that i have the 80GB platter)
I also have a 40GB DiamondMax 8 for my older computer and that thing is silent, in order to hear, u have to put ur ear against the case.
80GB is opposite...it's as noisy as my 8.4GB Fireball CR. So i got IBM's acoustic management program, and the drive has it off(relieved since if it was on, i could not imagine how much louder it can get). The program has values from some number to 254. larger value means louder and faster seeking time. It was set to 254, so i turned it to 253 and the drive was silent over the 2 80mm fan that i have.
I used HD Tach for some testing and it shows my random access time to be 19.4ms, while before in the loud mode, it had 13.7ms or so.
I have 2 questions:
1. When ppl refer this drive to be quiet, r u refering to the fact that it doesn't whine like WD? Or when it is reading and writing?
2. Just by changing the number down by one(it's in hex), the drive added around 6ms to the seek time. This did not happen to my 40GB when i tried it. Can i really trust HD Tach's result? Seeing that i got around what storagereview got, i'd assume it's correct, but 20ms seems really excess for me...if i turn it all the way down, wouldn't my seek go to like 30ms