I just got my 360 and last night got my first game in the mail. I was a little disturbed at the amount of noise the DVD drive produced as it was reading the disk, definitely more than my Xbox used to, is this normal?
Is there a way to transfer games to the hard drive to preserve the DVD drive?
One more, is there a way to transfer from playing a game to the 360 interface screen without ejecting the game?
It loud, that is normal. There is no way to transfer a full game to the hard drive. You can download many things from X-Box live to the hard drive though. Yes there is a way to access interface screen(Dashboard) without ejecting your game. Press the large X button in the middle of the controller, hit Y for XBOX DASHBOARD and then say YES to it exiting your game session. Hope this helps.