Updated July 1 - Happy Canada Day
Lots you can do to make the HD more efficient, hence quiet.
1) Clean up your hard drive: Delete unneccessary files and programs e.g., outdated virus software, games you don't play, demos that have expired. Defrag your hard drive. Install SP1 if you haven't already.
After the install I run the SP1 cleaner, vsp1cln.exe. It trashes alot of old files and makes SP1 permanent e.g., can't uninstall it.
2) Install any hardware updates (drivers) offered by the manufacturer or Dell.
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/en/details?c=us&cs=rc9569..., Look for Drivers & Downloads under the Technical support area.
3) Update your BIOS if applicable. There's a BIOS setting that allows you to trade in a little less performance for a quieter drive - Performance section. As you may know you access the BIOS setup screen by pressing F2 immediately after restart.
4) Upgrade your HD firmware? Check your manufacturer's website for any firmware or utility updates; especially if they claim to make the HD quiet.
5) There's lots of unneccessary services running which may cause your hard drive to work harder. If you're willing to do a little research you'll find out what these are and how to turn them off. For example you can turn Aero off - the utility that gives you the 3D windows.
Alone, none of these are the solution but together they can make your system more efficient and cooler, hence quieter.
I purchased my XPS 1530 in winter, My product has also noise issue.. the hard disk is constanty kicking and the sound is annoyin that i can not work with my labtop if the atmospher is silent.
Please if anyone has any sollution for this issue, share it with me
I have dell XPS 1530 with hard disk 120 GB 7200 RPM.There is noise issue in my hard disk.If anybody find any solution .Please let me know.