Spinpoints are old tech. 7200.10's use perpendicular recording that helps the drive maintain a constant though put of data. They are considerable faster then a Spinpoint and have a better Quality track record. 4 of my 12 HDD's are 7200.10 and they are very quiet and cool! (maybe depends on model?) I also have 6WD, 2 Spinpoints and 2 Deathstars... The only time you can hear the Seagates is when they seek and it's not that bad. Well worth it when you consider the performance you gain.