Idle noise too loud
I have an ssd for my os and all of my programs so this drive is being used for media storage (mostly movies). I probably didn't need a 7200 rpm drive but i don't remember the last drive that i bought that was less than 7200. I decided to spend the extra money over the 5400 rpm version because i wanted faster transfer speeds, a better warranty and the price was still reasonable.I am pleased with the drive's performance and the noise when it is in use is what i would expect, but for some reason this hard drive is loudest when it is idle. I contacted seagate regarding the idle noise and they stated that the drive should not be making noise when it is idle. They suggested that i exchange it for a new one. I was hesitant to exchange after reading about this issue on the internet but went through with it anyways.The exchange process with outletpc was very easy. I now have the 2nd hard drive and it is exactly the same as the first one. In my opinion an idle hard drive should not have a noise that can be heard from 10 feet away. Although seagate was easy to get in touch with with and very pleasant they appear to be either unaware of or not acknowledging an issue with this hard drive.I think i will keep the drive, but only because i do not want to go though the process of moving all that data again, and i have installed a small program that writes a very small .Txt file to the drive at a predetermined frequency keeping the drive from going to idle state and therefore not too noisy. I really wanted to like this drive as the performance and warranty is great, but i can't understand how or why something can be more noisy when idle than when working. It is by far the loudest hard drive that i have ever used and unfortunately would not buy again. Hopefully seagate will come out with a firmware update to address the idle noise.