Just hoping for some input or advise on which hard drive I should get. I can get either an 80gb 7200 rpm Seagate Barracuda IV or an 80gb 7200 rpm Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 for about the same total cost. The Maxtor is the latest model out, whereas the Seagate is a previous model (Seagate has Barracuda V's out now). The Maxtor also supports ata133 vs. ata100 with the seagate, though this doesn't really matter to me. My main priorties are a stable drive that is QUIET! My current maxtor 40gb drive makes more noise than I can tolerate, I hear it over my power supply and it drives me nuts. I want a drive that makes as little noise as possible. If it can do that, run reliably, and have good performance (doesn't have to be a speed demon, but just above average) then I'm a happy camper. From what I've read, the Barracuda IV is certainly quiet, but the new Maxtor is supposedly pretty quiet too. All things being equal, I certainly wouldn't mind the latest technology, but my main priority of quiet and reliable performance. Anyone got any advice? ps - i can get a maxtor with an 8mb buffer as opposed to the 2mb that the other 2 drives have, it will cost about $20 more, worth it? does that change anything? thanks!