Our interest in notebook drives is largely based on using them as quieter alternatives to desktop drives, but our 7200.2 sample is no quieter than a good desktop drive, it's slower, smaller and four times the price. We could hope this is an anomaly, but without at least a handful of samples to compare, there's no way to know.
I presume that you wont be seeing any more samples of this drive to test.?
Its a real shame that Seagates 7200rpm line of laptop drives are not in the same league as their 5400rpm counterparts, the 5400.3 range are excelent, I sell them all of the time.
The sample variance that I have personally seen in the 5400.3 range is quite good, i.e. there is not a lot of variance (I have seen and used at least 15), and they are largely very good noisewise.
If the sample variance of the 7200.2 models are similar then they will all be as bad (noisewise) as SPCR's sample....... bring on the 7200.3