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gotta agree with Bob. samsung were one of the first to put emphasis on quiet drives... the western digital although quieter is quite a bit slower.. but also better for your energy bill. samsungs give good performance and are quiet, the worst ive ever heard is an old seagate 320 i have but according to that review theyve come on leaps and bounds.
To be fair it looks as though all manufacturers are looking into reducing noise so i dont think you'll be disappointed either way. I have always use and always will use samsung after bad experiences with other brands but its down to personal preference