Thanks for the info. The StorageReview site is a new one for me. I'm not sure I follow their ratings though. The quietest drives start at 37 dba. I won't buy a 80mm case fan that runs over 32dba. Drives can't be that loud.
I also like the SPCR review, though basically it just tells me to buy a Seagate. The only easily found hard drive on this list is a Maxtor. My experience has been that Western Digital is much quieter than Maxtor but maybe that has changed recently.
I have to say that I'm a bit confused because the two lists don't seem to match very well, besides both agreeing on Seagate. Also, I was hoping to see more drives around the 60 gb range.
You read only half of what the rating is based on. They put their test equipment at very close distance since measuring 25db or lower is very inaccuarate or cost whole lot of money. It is not typical 1 meter they test on. (or 2-3 meters considering some manufactures claim of their PSU or Fan specs)