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A Quick Look at the Tranquil PC SSM (Safe Server Module) for Windows Home Server


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A couple of weeks ago we reported on the news that Tranquil PC were launching something to help protect your Windows Home Server known as the Safe Server Module, or SSM.

Here is what we said about the SSM:

The SSM is designed specifically to be housed in a SQA-5H Home Server.
(It may be possible to fit it to other Home Servers too)

It comes delivered with 2x 500GB 2.5” HDDs, prepared in a RAID1 mirror array, including a Tranquil build of Windows Home Server (PP3) for either the Series 1 or Series 2 SQA-5H.

It can simply be added to an existing SQA-5H – and the Server initialised again (loosing the DATA), or you can Restore the Home Server with the supplied new DVD, with the SSM fitted and recover your DATA *

Priced at £169.00 + VAT, the SSM represents excellent value for money, bearing in mind the system protection it offers, and ease of replacement of the primary (OS + DATA) HDD.  You also will receive a desktop application to help you to monitor the SSM, and also setup email messaging to alert you to the status of the SSM.  You will also be able to re-use your existing HDD1 as a server storage or backup drive !

Well today I managed to get my hands on one (this is the point where Diehard will now email me loads of questions – go ahead buddy, I’m ready!) 🙂


The box itself is a small, plain affair and the contents are the SSM (including 2 x 500 GB HDDs in a RAID 1 mirror), and small manual a Windows Home Server Recovery DVD which includes both SSM support and the AVA Media CD.

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The SSM itself is the size of a hard drive and contains 2 x 500 GB drives).

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The SSM is small, light and it is very easy to remove and replace the drives it comes with, in the event of a failure.

Before I play around with it in my SQA-5H, I am going to see if it fits in some of the other Home Servers.

If you want to order an SSM, you can do so by clicking here. The price is £169.00 (Excluding VAT at 17.5%).

More later…….

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. Nice one Andrew, thanks.

    Ok, looks like brushed aluminium. not plastic, right ?

    Can you replace the 500 gig drives with SSD drives ?

    Does it fit in the MediaSmart or Acer boxes ?

    Would you recommend replacing the drives with 2 really small drives such as 60 drives to keep as much of the D: off the system drive ?

    Will Tranquil sell only the case ? for those that have extra laptop drives.

    • Hey John

      Got some answers for you:

      Ok, looks like brushed aluminium. not plastic, right ? yes the case is an alloy extrusion (heat dispersion)

      Can you replace the 500 gig drives with SSD drives ? you could

  2. Thank you very much for your test.

    May you tell me if SSM fit into my HP Smart Server 475?


  3. I have the Sans Digital IR12TB from mwave in the US. It is basically the same thing without drives. I put 2 250GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue drives in it. I tested out scenarios of each drive failing as the system drive in WHS and repeated the process several times. Each time the device rebuilt the RAID 1 array successfully. However, it does take a while to rebuild it. It is the same exact size as a 3.5 inch drive. It will even mount into a 3.5 inch hot swap bay. I bought this because I did not want to wait for the SSM. I do think the SSM is priced well though. After hearing about this I researched the device and there are many of these devices available. Most of them look the same so I think they use the same case and possibly their own chipset. I have always been frightened of having to reinstall my WHS OS if my drive failed. Now I have a piece of mind.

    • thanks Kevin

      Regarding the price, it does also include a Server rebuild DVD with SSM support, where as a home built version wouldnt have that – although if you knew what you were doing it wouldnt be a major issue.

      My guess is that people who want the assurances will be happy to pay a reasonable price.


    • Kevin, I just bought the Sans Digital IR12TB and I can't get WHS to load on it. WHS keeps saying "no suitable drive detected". How did you get WHS to load on it?

    • Craig

      I plugged it into my Windows 7 box and it was recognised, Im just not sure why you would want to use this in that way?


      • Thanks Andrew, Errrr!!! I am not sure either just saw the connector on the back and thought I would ask. Actually I notice this is the same as the Jou-Jye JJ-1225SUSRI. Seems a fantastic Idea for any OS disk. But why USB???

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