I did an advance RMA on my ear-splitting,headache-inducing 80 Gb D740X (BB),and got a brand new 120Gb Diamondmax plus 9! I heard
that a few others have had this happen(which is why I tried it),but as
my luck's normally lousy,I'm delighted
I'm in the UK,BTW,for anyone
who wants to try.There seem to be 80Gb plus 9s available,so I was a
bit surprised.If you do an online RMA,"noisy drive" is one of the acceptable reasons to return an HD,so you don't have to argue the point
with some dimwit on the phone.
The diamondmax 9 seems very quiet when idling,the seeks are pretty noisy though.I'm just going to see if AMM is on or not,but it'll still be
way louder than my 80Gb barracuda IV.But I'll use it mainly for backup,
and disconnect it the rest of the time,so it's not crucial.