i bought a Maxtor drive (quite a while back - a year and a half ago maybe) and just installed it.
it's a DiamondMAX Plus 9, one of the better models at the time if i'm not mistaken.
Parallel ATA, 160MB, 8MB buffer, Fluid Dynamics Bearing motor - which should make it QUIET.
well, i just installed it to replace a rather old Western Digital Caviar WD 200BB drive (mfg Nov 2002).
well, it's quite a bit more noisy
i guess it's what people call "seek noises". a mechanical chattering sound when the drive activity goes up - like a big copy operation or a defrag.
and i was thinking that once i get my IBM DeathStar out of the system i'll have a quiet system (the IBM's whining spining sound is getting to me). i guess the Maxtor killed those plans.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie
M.C. Escher - Reptilien