Quiet but GOOD Hard Drive

I ordered a:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


I made a RMA through newegg because I can't stand the noise, I was thinking it was dieing because every 3-4 seconds it would make a clock sound when I'm not doing anything for 1-2 seconds. Now I'm guessing that's just a regular sound.

My question is what is a quiet YET GOOD hard drive? I cant stand when I'm sitting here in the quiet room surfing the web and I start hearing like a needle on a hard surface (it's real low but I can still hear it, I guess that's just me. I need to get a hard drive soon that I want so I can start downloading my games and what not.

Does anyone know a good hard drive that is quiet YET GOOD or know a website that has reviews/tests? I've surfed the web for about 30 minutes and can't find a REALLY good test/review site. I saw one on here and really didn't like it too much.

Any opinions/comments/ or concerns will be appreciated.
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  1. I have a 1TB WD Green drive and it's barely audible while active even when it's sitting in the open with no case. Of course it's a bit slower than the blue, but if low noise is what you're after then it's a good choice.
  2. The Seagates I've used (2X7200.9 300GB, 2X7200.10 320GB, 3X7200.11 1TB) have all been pretty quiet. The reliability of the 1.5TB 7200.11 drives is a little in question, but the rest have been along industry average. I've had 2 go bad, but those were the 7200.9 300GB drives. (Both died within the first couple months, and were replaced by Seagate quickly and without much backtalk. The replacements are still in use 3 years later.) the rest are still plugging along like champs.

    I've heard Samsung Spinpoint drives are pretty quiet, too, but I've had no experience with them.
  3. Yeah, I want a samsung spinpoint bad, but it's always out of stock on newegg.com
  4. Got this one so far on my wishlist, comes in on the 27th.

  5. Seagate 7200.12s are pretty quiet, as are WD Caviar Green and Blue.
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