Searching around, it seems that the whirring of the hard drive (constant swoosh sound) in the bottom right part of the new unibody macbook pros is a normal sound. If you open up the bottom case you can see that there's only a thin piece of the aluminum frame between the hard drive and the top right of the palm rest area. I don't really mind hearing the whirring of my 320GB Hitachi that came with my macbook pro, but I'm wondering if it's possible to quiet it down some more with a little extra dampening between the hard drive and the inside of the right palm rest. Anyone who has a Hitachi 5400rpm drive in their unibody can easily press their hand on top of the right palm rest and hear the "whirring' sound of the hard drive platters decrease as your hand dampens the sound coming through. This gives me hope that I may be able to quiet the HD even further. It's just a part of the design, but perhaps there's some sort of material that can be placed under the right palm rest area. Anyone have any tips or tricks they've tried? I could try loosening the HD mounting brackets to see if that makes any difference, but the very fact that the aluminum is so thin there allows the whirring of the platters to be somewhat audible. My rubber brackets are in there tight and there's only a tiny bit of play when you try and move the HD around. I can't even hear my fans under normal use, so outside of the hard drive this thing is dead silent. Anyone who claims that their macbook pro's make no noise is obviously not accounting for the hard drive whir in dead silent environments (or they have SSD drives )We all also have different hearing levels and sensitivities. I've had three separate macbook pros in my home and each one has audible hard drive platter spinning.