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I'd give Samsung drives my vote - they are (where I live) among the cheaper ones and are really quiet!
I have a SAMSUNG SP1203N - 120 GB
All I can hear while my machine is running is the CPU-fan - and maybe the one from power-supply...
and this is no tuned machine (like with sound-absorbing materials inside the case) - like some people do it...
Seagate hard drives are slow. Look at either IBM/Hitachi or Western Digital. If you have a bunch of fans, using quiet hard drives will be irrelevant. Mounting hard drives on metal creates the noise you are talking about. Get hard drive sound absorbent mounting device but you have to mount it a 5.25 inch drive bay.
I'm going to plug WD as well, I (and many computer literate friends) have WD on IDE or SATA with 8MB caches, the drives that we seem to end up with are called "Caviar, Special Edition", I guess because of the 8MB cache over the standard 2MB cache - it seems to make a difference in speed, but I only have anecdotal evidence.
Hard drive prices seem to be always falling, the 120GB one I have is about the same price as a 200GB a year later - oh well :)