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MyDigitalSSD mSATA, Half Slim, and 2.5" SATA SSD Firmware Update
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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 09:00:00
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Synopsis: Click here to download the latest firmware update for all solid state drives using the Phison S5 SATA controller. This includes MyDigitalSSD mSATA, mSATA Mini, 2.5 inch SATA, and Half Slim SSDs. (Updated 10.26.12)

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Need the latest firmware for your computer? Simply click the link below to download the update.

Please note that the firmware installation below necessitates a Windows PE environment run on a PC. After updated on a PC, the drive can be used in either a PC or a Mac.

Also, this Firmware update is intended for MyDigitalSSD solid state drives. While it's compatible with other SSD featuring the Phison controller, My Digital Discount will not be held responsible for errors made on drives other than MyDigitalSSD, if any occur.


September 26, 2012 - Update to firmware tutorial for the Phison S5 controller. Amendment on page 7 allows the upgrade to be performed in Compatibility mode. Thanks Steven!


September 5, 2012 - New firmware update for any drive with an S5 controller.

Firmware: S5FAM030_FW.zip

Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5.030.pdf
 

Bench test results using a 64GB MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof mSATA SSD


April 3, 2012 - New firmware update for mSATA drives.

Firmware: S5FAM017_FW.zip

Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5-17.pdf


February 28, 2012 - New firmware update for mSATA drives.

Firmware: S5FAM015_FW.zip

Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5-15.pdf


January 11, 2012 - Updated to help users who want to use the drive as a Slave.

Firmware: PhisonFW-S5FAM012.zip

Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5.pdf


October 10, 2011 - After receiving some questions regarding the last Firmware update posted, we've uploaded a new copy of the Firmware download and a step-by-step tutorial on how to install it. Hopefully this will clear up any problems. If not, please let us know.


-MyDigitalDiscount.com


Comments on MyDigitalSSD mSATA, Half Slim, and 2.5" SATA SSD Firmware Update


Pro Friday, June 6, 2014 03:38:31
Hello again,

about Crucial V4, just found out, that if you set sleep mode in bios to S3, it starts to became slower and slower, bios freezes starts occurring at restarts. Just set it to S1 (just CPU sleep), then it works fine with this firmware (at least it worked for me).

Am sure it's not firmware fault, its bad ssd, as i found out about active garbage collection (as they said to leave ssd with data cable unplugged for 6 hours), it cleans himself. But with this S1 you power down only cpu, thats why he have some idle time to clean.

I hope that will help someone to solve problems with this terrible ssd.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 2, 2014 08:21:03
Pro,

We hate to say it but it but boot screen freezing is usually a tell tale sign that your drive has reached the end of the line. We're doubtful much can be done at this point as you're probably going to need a new drive.

It's tough to pinpoint what may have happened, as this firmware is intended to be used exclusively with MyDigitalSSD drives, but with the numerous complaints we've received from Crucial V4 owners this outcome is not out of the ordinary.
Pro Monday, June 2, 2014 03:06:46
My last resort was to upgrade my V4 64GB to unofficial firmware. They refused to replace or refund. So i flashed this fw, it made my ssd finally working as it should. No more freezes, lags. Thank you.

But after week ssd just wont boot (freezes on boot screen, until i re-install), it is possible thats firmware fault? Or i just coincidence? Trying again now.

Thanks again MyDigitalDiscount.com you are best, way better support than Crucial, i will never buy there again.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, April 28, 2014 08:59:16
David - To our knowledge, MyDigitalSSD has no future firmware updates planned for Bullet Proof series drives featuring the S5 controller.

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James - Regretfully we do not support Crucial V4 drives when it comes to using the firmware provided in this post. We are sorry to hear about your slow down though and suggest contacting Crucial directly to see if they have any solutions.
David Monday, April 28, 2014 04:17:27
Hi there,
I have such an SSD, too and am wondering about the latest FW level.
From Crucial V4 I have seen, that there is a newer version S5FAMM25 out. The V4 is based on the same controller like this one.
Are there any plans to provide this newer FW for this SSD, too?
Thanks and kind regards, David
James Thursday, April 24, 2014 18:38:08
I was able to apply this update to the Crucial V4 64GB to the 30 firmware.
I had to unplug every single SATA drive and leave the Crucial one plugged in. Use IDE mode for the SATA in bios and it flashed.

But the drive is very sluggish still. It used to have the S5FAMM25 firmware. Which also had the same issues.

Under windows 8 it says the drive is operating at 100% usage while doing simple tasks. HDD Tach says the drive is working at max 6mb a second while its busy at idle. This sluggish behavior also happened in windows 7 64bit.

I replaced it with a cheap kingston 60GB v300 which was night a day difference over Crucial's 64GB V4.
DschiAr Sunday, March 9, 2014 06:31:33
to JGZ

I had the same problem. I erased the files of firmware S5FAM030 from the (still bootable) usb-stick and copied the files of PhisonFW-S5FAM012 into root. Then boot and act like described in the Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5.pdf.
My SSD is running without problems
MMike Friday, March 7, 2014 01:39:13
This is awesome, I had a corsair nova2 60gb, which one day just stopped working. I tried to no avail to get it running again. No matter where or how I connected it, it was showing up as only the controller name ps3016s5 with a 2 megabyte capacity. I was getting ready to throw the drive away, and then stumbled upon this website, and saw that there is active development for the phison controller. I figured what the hell, my drive is dead anyway, so I copied the tools to a usb, ran the firmware flash program from DOS, and it failed after performing a few checks.

So I restarted, headed into bios, now the ssd name was not even there, so i laughed figuring I just hosed the drive.
......Then, I booted into win7 ( 840pro :] ) and next thing I know windows has detected and initialized a new disk......what????
I head over to disk management and there she is, a 59.5gb unallocated SSD ..... no way.... So I converted to MBR, formatted a simple volume, ran some benchmarks.

I don't know what the hell was wrong with the drive, but corsair is a fail, I'm never giving them a dime. They left me hanging with a broken ssd that was just 3 months old. no support, no remedy, nothing other than "RMA it, and we'll try to replace it"

anyway much love for all the people who documented, trialed and shared their knowledge. Can only send the sincerest thanks.

I hope others also are able to succeed in fixing their failed drives with the same controller.

and many thanks to MyDigitalDiscount.com , you guys truly rock!!!
Vinicius Lopes Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:10:47
Just used your firmware on my Corsair Nova 2 and it's running at full speed again! Thanks for the amazing firmware!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 10, 2014 09:00:48
JGZ,

Unfortunately, being a Verbatim drive, we can not honor any sort of warranty. That being said, because it has a Phison controller, there is a chance we may be able to reconfigure the drive by performing a hard reset. This involves sending the drive to us to perform the reset plus a $30 service charge.

Please note - In doing this, the information on the drive will not be recoverable and there is no guarantee it will in fact make your drive recognizable again.

We would suggest contacting Verbatim directly to see if there's anything they can do first and using the reset option above as a last resort.

If you would like to try the reset, email our tech support team at info@mydigitaldiscount.com and they will help set everything up.
JGZ Friday, February 7, 2014 16:05:26
Had an error during upgrading process (Firmware 30). My SSD is a Verbatim 64GB. The drive is not recognized anymore (within Windows 7 on another PC). I cannot use the Firmware-Upgrade-Tool anymore - there is an error during "Preformat Device ...0%".

Is there anything i can do? Maybe a firmware upgrade force or repairing? Restoring an older version of the firmware is not possible (not recognised under Windows PE oder same error with older dos firmware).
Peter Tuesday, January 7, 2014 17:48:33
Thank you for this page with fw download and instructions. I just updated my damm VERBATIM 128 gb Sata II SSD drive with the version ...30. Update went well, it says PASS. Cuttently my win 7 installation is re-clonec back on the drive using ACRONIS hdd clone feature. thank good i had a spare Sata hdd drive to intermediate clone and store my win 7 installation on. thx Guys you made my day! Peter
THANK_YOU Thursday, November 21, 2013 18:21:37
I just updated my crappy corsair nova 2, I will make intensive test and return here to comment de results. I'm sure ANYTHING would be better than how it was before...
lukas Saturday, November 16, 2013 13:52:13
just wow. Finally my corsair nova2 works fine. I could not to upgrade official firmware by corsair update tool because this app didn't see the hard drive. Thank u very much :)
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, September 30, 2013 08:45:58
Cyril,

What you've described will require some troubleshooting. Please email this issue to tech@mydigitaldiscount.com for assistance.
Cyril Thursday, September 26, 2013 13:38:31
I Need some help. I followed the pdf tuto and when I type ISP:
- It scans and says "Choose Device : 1.SATA 0 (Master): FW:S5FAM014 ,Model:SATA SSD"
- Then appears "Check Device Ready ..." and it waits until timeout and says "Wait Busy Time out!! Please check Device or Port Address is correct"

????
I'm doing that on an Asus 1201N, booting on a pen drive. My SSD is in and I selected IDE in BIOS. I also tried in AHCI just in case but then it doesn't even detects the ssd.

any clue ?

thanks
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, September 16, 2013 11:29:36
Laurent,

You are correct about the partition realignment, it's almost the same as writing zeros and starting from scratch. Nothing is ever quite as efficient as the secure erase and reinstalling everything but the realignment is certainly a time saver resulting in a similar outcome.
Laurent Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:52:06
Dear @MyDigitalDiscount.com, I'm sorry I did not see you had answered. Thanks a lot for your response.

I must confess meanwhile I found additional information about partition alignment.

So I downloaded EASEUS Partition Manager and performed a check: my both partitions was not properly aligned !

I backed up my drive, performed a lossless partition alignment on my hard drive, and now I am quite happy with its performances :)

In my humble opinion, checking partition alignment before attempting a full erase could help.

However, I'm wondering if my problem has been solved because the lossless partition realignment (that shifts data by rewriting them) had the same effect than filling with zeroes, or if it is because my partitions are now correctly aligned...
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, August 12, 2013 07:22:03
Alessandro,

We don't have much experience with the Corsair Nova but firmware results did vary between manufacturers as well as drive use.

If you continue to experience slow performance after upgrading to FW 030, the last and final firmware, we recommend visiting the link below and secure erase your SSD to clear it completely.

http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=826

If you still see unsatisfactory results after that, you may want to contact Corsair about getting a return/replacement or buying a new SSD all together.
Alessandro Thursday, August 8, 2013 13:21:25
Ola, parabens pelo trabalho, porem fiz todo o processo, e meu SSD continua com167 de leitura, muito abaixo do que vi aqui, meu SSD cssd-v40gb2, melhorou do que estava mas ainda esta lento
Morten Friday, July 12, 2013 15:53:18
Guys, fantastic work! My 4 year old laptop was virtually dead due to the crap Corsair firmware. The update made it at least 10 times faster, and it's now behaving like a brand new machine.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, July 9, 2013 08:25:12
Laurent,

While solid and quick, the Verbatim Black still only uses a SATA II interface. SATA II is usually fine for Windows 7 but Windows 8 is even more optimized for SSD use. A SATA III (6G) drive would reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the lag you're experiencing when multitasking.

One suggestion we have is to write the SSD back to zeros with Parted Magic, as seen in the link below, and try the SSD again.

http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=826

If, after trying this, you are still experiencing slow downs and hold ups, you might want to upgrade to a SATA III (6G) SSD like our BP4 drives found in the link below.

http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/mydigitalssd-sata-ssd/?&sort=alphaaz&sort_direction=0&xsearch_e11=MyDigitalSSD%20BP4%20Slim%207%20Series
Laurent Monday, July 8, 2013 15:41:01
I am convinced you guys did your best to provide updates for the Phison S5, unfortunately I am still disappointed with the day to day use of my Verbatim 128G black edition.

I flashed it using the F030 update, and things seemed to go well since. My machine is getting incredibly fast, at least for one thing at a moment. I realize multitasking leads to stutter and freezing issues.

I am using a Windows 8 on a old machine (Intel T9400 2.53Mhz and 4 GB RAM). Using it for gaming, surfing, writing, storing pictures and video is very fast. The problem is the multitasking. For example, when I am installing a new software, I want to surf a bit during the time it is installed : it's impossible: the computer is freezing hardly, the disk reaches 100% in the task manager (when I manage to open it...) during *minutes*.

Having several application running together that tries to write on the disk cannot be done without freezes, stutters, and a trivial operation turns to a nightmare...

Surprisingly, everything goes well apart this.

That's why I wonder if I am the only one who experience this. I probably misconfigured some part of my OS or I may have forgotten some essential steps. Can I have some pointers about what I can check ?

Thanks a lot for help,
Laurent.
marek Wednesday, May 8, 2013 18:32:14
Great!!!

I did upgrade on my dell E6400 on ATA controller mode and everything has gone fine. SSD use verbatim 128gb.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Wednesday, March 13, 2013 09:05:52
iPodes,

Yes, you're correct. The 030 was the last update to ever be released for the S5 controller.
iPodes Wednesday, March 13, 2013 05:00:31
@MyDigitalDiscount.com

Just to confirm, there wasn't any new firmware update release for Phison S5?

Thanks
Luigi Monday, February 25, 2013 12:44:25
my ssd verbatim 128gb

fw: 012
seq 244.2 ; 178.4
512: 162.7 ; 50.52
4k 10.14 ; 7.003
qd32 70.23 : 7.944

fw: 030
seq 260.6 ; 235.3
512: 172.9 ; 147.0
4k 13.24 ; 34.50
qd32 74.84 : 46.41

:-) i'm happy now
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 18, 2013 08:01:00
Kieran,

There is no Mac solution at this time. You'll have to find someone with a PC to assist you in performing the update for you to use it in a Mac afterwards.

If you do not have access to a PC, we'd be happy to upgrade your device for you. Simply email info@mydigitaldiscount.com, or call toll free 1-866-217-1800, for details on setting that up.
Kieran Saturday, February 16, 2013 06:44:35
How do I do instal this firmware using a Mac?
Scoubidouille Tuesday, February 5, 2013 13:58:40
Nice to see such a team working towards user's satisfaction!
I upgraded a Verbatim 128GB Black Edition from S5FAM012 to S5FAM017 like a charm a few months ago with success and I plan to do the same with the new S5FAM030 firmware in a few days.
Just curious, has anybody a link to the Verbatim (Win PE supposed version) version as the link below is broken ?
Thanks in advance and Greetings from France!


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