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    Tranquil PC has recently published a series on the “Safe Home Server.”  The posts concluded with the introduction of a new hard drive module for their SQA-5H and RS5 models of Windows Home Server.   The module houses two 2.5” drives configured in a RAID 1 array, meaning, the two drives are mirrored.  If you lose one hard drive the other one is there to save you.

     

    Home Server enthusiasts have often sought ways to ensure the OS drive is safe and now a Windows Home Server manufacturer is delivering pre-built hardware to help out.  Tranquil PC is calling the Safe Server Module, or the SSM.

     

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    The Safe Server Module, 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 !  As a thank you for purchasing, you will also get a licensed copy of the AVA Media CD ripping engine too on the Restore DVD and SSM

    One part to note is in the first paragraph above.   (It may be possible to fit it to other Home Servers too) Another interesting note from Part 5 of the series is:

    The SSM is designed to drop into the
    SQA-5H
    HDD caddy. 
    It has not been tested yet in other Home Servers, i.e. HP, Acer, etc Home Servers
    –if you have a non Tranquil OEM Home Server and are based in UK, and would like to test / evaluate the SSM in your device – please contact
    research@tranquilpc.co.uk
    – we will discuss supply of a ‘blank’ SSM (no Tranquil Home Server OS) – whereby you can run your OEM Home Server Restore application, to image the SSM.  Please note there would be no SSM Manager application / service running.  The purpose of the test is to ensure physical and BIOS compatibility only – the SSM will otherwise function as any HDD1.

    If you would like to read the Safe Home Server series of posts from Tranquil PC here is the entire list of links.  The series is a good read and I recommend going through each one.

    Tranquil PC can be found here.

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    Maybe Dave or one of the other home server show guys can contact them to get a demo unit. If it's good and it works in other servers i'm sure some of us would want one of these.
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    This looks like it would only fit into a 3.5 HDD bay. I can't find anything stating its a 3.5 HDD form factor and will slide into a backplane. I run something similar (only not a Raid device) for my main rig's SSDs.
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