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  1. zylander

    Seagate Barracuda ATA V

    Yeah, definitely. I purchased an IBM 80 gig drive about a year ago as a last minute decision because the very quiet fujitsu drive (which I had priviously owned) was delivered in a non-working state. I have regretted this because the drive makes weird grinding noises, quite unlike the constant "whoosh" of the fan which is white noise and thus doesn't annoy. It's not failing, it has been tested and it's just a noisy drive.
  2. Great! After reading a few reviews I'm going to go for the Western Digital. Unfortunately I can't shop at newegg because I live in Australia, but am happy to pay a little extra for a good drive. Thanks again everyone for all your help.
  3. Thanks very much for all suggestions. I am narrowing my search down now to perhaps a Quantum (too slow for games?) or Western Digital Special Edition Caviar 80 gigs. Does anyone have any information or feedback about the latter in terms of speed and/or noise output? It's been a long time since I owned a Western Digital and I have heard conflicting reports about them. Also the Barracuda V looks very interesting. I hope it comes out soon.
  4. Thanks for the tip! I'll go check them out now.
  5. I enjoy playing a lot of games on my PC. I also enjoy writing and listening to music. I want to buy a recent IDI 60 or 80 gig drive that is fast but also fairly quiet. At the moment I am running an IBM drive that makes a weird sound, grind, grind, grind, like chinese water torture :? I don't mind noise as much when it is constant, like a hum, but when it switches on and off I find it distracting. The last hard drive I had that was not distracting was a fujitsu. But they are out of business. Also I found they weren't very dependable. I got two new ones under warrenty. I was looking at a Samsung, they seem quiet, but are they fast enough for games? Are they reliable? If you are both a gamer and a lover of quiet hard drives and you have a drive to recomend, I would be most grateful. I would rather spend a lot on a drive that suits my purposes than have to put up with another noisy slow drive that doesn't even last a year.