I've just bought 4 120 Gb Barracuda V's and not one of them is as silent as my 80 Gb Barracuda IV (in my view anyway). I've seen this opinion expressed afew times in this thread but people seem to have discounted it as faulty drives. I hope I haven't got 4 faulty drives.
just to clarify, the noise when the drive spins up seems to be louder, with a louder whine while the drive is running (this is the noise I was hoping to cut down on). I estimate it as about twice as loud. given the distances that the noise dropped off at. I listened to all of these drives bare so maybe in the case they could possibly sound different??? I still doubt the 120Gb V is quiter than my 80Gb IV though.
anyone else agree or have a view on this?
P.S. I wish people would stop harping on about the rubbish performance etc. we can see the charts in the review. if you disagree with the review pipe up - if you just want to point out the obvious, shut up.