Summary: the hdd is always turned off except for my gameplay recording or downloads first time in a year that i have installed windows for another rig with that HDD ( the other i bought ) and it is so slow versus a SSD ... long story short.... PERFECT FOR STORAGE!
Summary: I've had this HDD for over a year now and haven't run into any issues. I can't really fully test the speed though because my current mobo sata connections don't support the 6GB/s, but i'm satisfied.
Summary: I just upgraded my old desktop PC that has SATA II. There weren't many SATA II HDs with 32MB cache, so I went with this one to help out my old rig. This Toshiba is actually a hitachi HD and has been quiet and dependable so far.