TechThe Tranquil PC SSM and Other Windows Home Servers

The Tranquil PC SSM and Other Windows Home Servers


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So as you may have read earlier today, I managed to get my hands on one of the new Tranquil PC SSM (Safe Server Modules) for Windows Home Server.

Tranquil sell the SSM for use in their SQA-5H boxes, but there is nothing stopping you from buying one and using it in your existing Windows Home Server.

To that end, I though I would see if it actually fitted in some of the Windows Home Server’s I have access to. The main reason for the test was to ensure it would sit properly in the server, if there was a server door cover the drive bays that the door would close, etc, etc.

So here are the results, along with some comments:


Fits perfectly, although the drive caddies are a bit flimsy so it’s a bit of delicate work getting the SSM in, and even harder getting it out of the caddy itself. So it’s worth taking your time and not using too much pressure or you might break the caddy.

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this was the easiest and quickest to do – no problems other than again when removing it the front part of the SSM moved a lot and I can see it getting broken.

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The only thing I would say is that fitting the SSM into the caddy was a little tough, but it worked fine. This goes for all the various HP MediaSmarts and also the X510 Datavault.

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So there you have it. The SSM will work in the Tranquil PC Windows Home Servers, and will fit perfectly well into the Lenovo Ideacenter D400, the Acer Aspire H340 and all the HP MediaSmarts and the X510 Datavault.

Stay tuned for my full review in the next few days.

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. Excellent quality photos, thanks.

    I look forward to your review on the software that comes with it.

    • thanks John

      Now you can wind Dave up by mentioning me again on next week's show 🙂


  2. Can't find you test with the HP=MediaSmart or DataVaults. Does the SSM really work(run) on these HP WHS's? If so, please direct me to your test data article.


    • Dale

      I only tested that the SSM would fit into the various servers – I didnt rebuild each server with the SSM in it, I only did it in the Tranquil box.

      There is no reason to assume it wouldnt work in any of the other boxes it just I did the SSM review in the Tranquil one.


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