Man there has been a lot of posts about this "cat meow" or whatever sound. I am looking to purchase another hard drive, and I really like what I have read about the performance of the Hitachi 7K250 drives. To all you people out there who have this drive, I just wanted to get a idea of how exactly loud is the meowing sound. Just to put it in perspective, I have 4 case fans running. Will this meowing noise be louder than that? I too leave my computer on 24/7 and sleep near it. I know there was an MP3 of the sound earlier, and I definately thought it was a little annoying. However, if this was right up next to the drive, with no case fans, etc., then it is not so bad. I just want to get an idea of how this noise will be for MY computer, with 4 case fans, etc. Thanks.