I bought one in last month's OfficeMax deal, and it's slightly louder than the 7200 RPM Maxtors I've heard, both for spinning and seeking, and is definitely louder than my Seagate Barracuda V, which is probably the quietest drive available. But I just got another 120GB WD, and it's slightly quieter than the previous one, maybe on par with the Maxtor. Both WDs were made in Malaysia, Nov. 2002 and Apr. 2003, but they have slightly different LBA counts (different numbers of heads?), and the old one had a silver motor while the new one has a black motor that was probably made by JVC.