the review of the m9t should be added to the storage index article.
Weird, I found the Samsung M9T 2TB less disturbing than the WD Red 1Tb when listening to the sound files.
...the Red surely enough has less volume to its noise in the beginning, but when the "whirl" starts, it is quite distinct...in a notebook drive, i think that pronounced noise and vibration are perhaps more of a nuisance.
But I guess you really can't tell until you install the drive in YOUR own laptop; depending on the placement of the hdd and the makeup of the laptop, they could produce different results.
..kinda like with pc cases.
I recently purchased a used Thinkpad T520 and found that the preinstalled Seagate 7200.4 500GB, sitting just below the cpu fan, was producing too much noise in idle, given that the Panasonic fan installed in the T520 is whisper quiet even under load.
So I replaced it with my WD Blue WD5000LPVX (which must be single platter, really thin) and the system is much quieter now (actually now the most disturbing noise in the electromagnetic noise coming from the charger)
I also tried installing it into the "SuperDrive" position, and far away from vents to the side of the chassis, the noise is almost non-existent.
But in the T520, the HDD is practically isolated from contact with the chassis via rubber rails where you have to place the hdd tray in order to install it; so I guess vibration is not that much of an issue.
However 500GB can get filled pretty quickly, so I was considering the following options
1) Hitachi 5K1000, 1TB drive = 55 euros
2) WD Red 1TB = 82 euros (ouch! )
3) Samsung M9T, 2TB drive = 106 euros (awesome!)
If i were to go for 1TB, the Hitachi is the clear winner (would love to see a review, by the way)
I would pay +10-15 euros for the Red, but at 30euros above the cheaper 1tb drive, it is just two much of an acquired taste.
the Samsung M9T sounds quiet enough and the seeks are very muted, but of course it is double the money (for double the capacity, which is a good thing).
...perhaps considering the Red is what brought me to consider the Samsung one, because it is such a better value.
Has any of you owned these disks to compare impressions?