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MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 S9 Controller SSD Firmware Upgrades and Tutorials
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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 12:51:00
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Synopsis: Download the latest firmware updates and step-by-step upgrade tutorials for MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 mSATA and M.2 NGFF solid state drives featuring the S9 controller in this very post! (Updated with FW Ver. 1.7 on 8/11/14)

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To better assist our customers, the My Digital Discount Tech Support team has created new step-by-step tutorials to walk MyDigitalSSD owners through upgrading the firmware in Super Cache 2 (SC2) 50mm mSATA and 42mm M.2 NGFF solid state drives that feature the S9 controller.

The updates found at the bottom of this post serve two purposes:

  1. To upgrade the firmware of an existing drive
  2. To over provision while upgrading the firmware of a drive

If you have an Super Cache 2 SSD running at full capacity and plan to keep it that way, DO NOT run the Over-Provisioning version of this update. Doing so will over provision the drive and there is no going back.

With that said, MyDigitalSSD HIGHLY recommends users to over provision Super Cache 2 SSDs when using them as system drives for maximum drive performance and longevity.

WARNING: Please check your firmware version before downloading and installing any firmware update. If you have a numerical version of similar or higher value to the latest update, you will not need to upgrade.

If you do not know how to check your firmware version. View our quick and simple tutorial on "How to check your SSD firmware version" (PDF, 442KB).


Compatibility

WARNING: The firmware updates found in this blog post are ONLY to be used with the following MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 solid state dive model numbers:

50mm mSATA

MDMS-SC2-024-S
MDMS-SC2-032-S
MDMS-SC2-064-S
MDMS-SC2-128-S

25mm mSATA Mini (Half-Size)

MDMSM-SC2-032
MDMSM-SC2-064
MDMSM-SC2-128

42mm M.2 NGFF

MDM242-SC2-032
MDM242-SC2-064
MDM242-SC2-128

MyDigitalSSD, nor My Digital Discount, will be held responsible for any loss or damage occurred by using this update with any drive other than the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 series SSDs listed above.


Change Log

Firmware Update Version 1.7

  • Increased compatibility.
  • Fixes visibility in AHCI mode for Windows 8.1.
  • To reduce Power On Ready time and modify initial clean-close condition.
  • Fix read Temperature GPIO5 bug. (For thermal sensor support)

Firmware Update Version 1.6

  • Support Toshiba 1Ynm.
  • Add trim delay parameter for WHQL test.
  • Fine tune HDTune write.
  • Modify CheckFlashType to support 1Ynm multi-Die flash.
  • Add smart id E7 for default.
  • Supporting L84C flash, which enable force L84C one plane.
  • Add thermal sensor support.
  • Add Legacy support.

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DOWNLOADS

Upgrade using Windows PE Environment

This firmware update is geared towards Chromebook users who do not have the ability to hook their Super Cache 2 SSD up as a secondary drive to run the firmware update.

10/8/14

Download the latest update and installation tutorial here.

8/11/14

Recommended Update: Update to FW 1.7, this new version works with FW 1.1 through 1.6.

Firmware Bundle: S9_17_WPE.zip (125MB)
Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S9 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment - S9FM01.7 (PDF)

3/10/14

Firmware Bundle: S9_16_WPE.zip (125MB)
Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S9 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment - S9FM01.6 (PDF)

 


Comments on MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 S9 Controller SSD Firmware Upgrades and Tutorials


MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, September 2, 2014 16:26:10
tsh,

Please email our Tech Support team at info@mydigitaldiscount.com. They should be able to better help you troubleshoot this issue.
tsh Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:19:44
The updater failed to update the firmware on my 128G drive from 1.6 to 1.7.

I used the WinPE method as I do not have a default Win installation.

This is the output from the updater as I remembered it:
Current firmware: S9FM01.6
Total size: 128G
Firware is the latest!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, August 18, 2014 08:18:39
atp32,

We like to use CrystalDiskInfo, a free HDD/SSD utility software found in the link below.

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
atp32 Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:38:05
is there any way to check which firmware version my ssd is currently running on?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, July 21, 2014 10:02:40
newBuySSD - If your drive is installed and working properly then you have nothing to worry about. With Firmware version 1.8, you already have the latest FW update and cannot backtrack to 1.7.

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Boris - 1.7 is the most solid and stable version of firmware for the Phison S9 controller to date. If enabling 1.7 disabled features in the BIOS, it was for the protection of the SSD and we would not recommend finding a work around.

We can request it be enabled in new versions of the firmware, but again, that may make the drive unstable for use.
Boris Friday, July 18, 2014 15:31:02
Set disk password disappeared from my lenovo t440s bios after updating FW 1.3 to 1.7.

Any chance to get it back?
I know bios password can't be set if ssd switched to OPAL mode (https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T440s-Disk-Password-cannot-be-set-in-Bios/td-p/1354729), could that be the case? And if yes, is there an utility to switch back to ATA security mode?
newBuySSD Thursday, July 17, 2014 02:23:45
Hi, I just purchased the 64 super cache 2 m.2 drive.. Installed fine.. but I am wondering if I need to upgrade the firmware.. I am a little concerned with the previous comments.. my firmware says S9FM01.8 right now.. should I Update it to 1.7?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 30, 2014 08:53:21
Dimo,

We're sorry to hear that you're having trouble. Unfortunately, there's no workaround we can hand you to fix the drive on your own and we would need to setup an RMA.

The good news is that our turnaround time when it comes to replacing a drive is fairly quick even for international customer such as yourself (roughly 2 weeks from when you put it in the mail).
Dimo Friday, June 27, 2014 03:24:55
I am having exactly the same issues as K and Adrian.
After attempted FW upgrade to 1.07 on an SC2 128GB drive the drive name changed to changed to PS3109S9.
FW version is now 8GRBOOT and device capacity is 0 GB. The utility doesn't allow for another update attempt. Do you have a solution that I can attempt locally?
I wouldn't like to RMA since sending it to the States and back is going to take quite some time.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00:39
Zen - Our Tech Support team is currently working with another customer regarding the same issue. If you would like to be included in their findings, simply contact info@mydigitaldiscount.com.

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vincent - Please direct your question to our Tech Support Team via email to info@mydigitaldiscount.com. When writing them, please include a CrystalDiskInfo screenshot (free download available in the link below) to help them better diagnose this issue.

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
vincent Friday, June 20, 2014 18:34:11
I had the problem on Y510p win8.1, my SSD (128GB) with 1.7 firmware. The software MDD HybridDisk could not see the drive.
Why?
Zen Wednesday, June 18, 2014 15:33:42
After I upgraded to 1.7 firmware, I can't enable write cache in device manager (Windows 8.1) , and SSD sequential write performance is limited to 40MB/s.

Perhaps, 1.7 firmware has serious problem.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, June 17, 2014 07:32:27
Carlos,

The results you're seeing are not typical and will require some troubleshooting with our Tech Support team. Please contact them directly through one of the options below.

They will likely need additional details on your laptop and firmware installation to help resolve this issue.

Email: info@mydigitaldiscount.com
Call toll free: 1-866-217-1800
Call locally: 315-343-0090
Carlos Oliveira Tuesday, June 17, 2014 05:43:34
After upgrading to firmware 1.7 with over-provisioning my write speeds are limited to about 40MB/s
Before (no over-provisioning and 1.6 firmware I believe) the speed were similar as above.
This is in a Thinkpad Edge E540,Windows 8.1 Update 1 using the drive as the system drive.
Is it possible to rollback the firmware?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 16, 2014 11:43:40
Dennis,

That is strange. Please email info@mydigitaldiscount.com or call, toll free, 1-866-217-1800 to troubleshoot with our Tech Support team.

They will be happy to help or get you set up with a replacement drive if need be.
Dennis Sunday, June 15, 2014 23:16:46
After firmware upgrade to 1.7, SSD performance is very low...
How can I fix it? Can I download firmware to 1.6?
Anyone has same problem?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 9, 2014 09:37:56
Josh - Simply follow the Windows PE tutorial in this post. It should cover everything you need to update your drive.

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JL - Yes, this firmware is applicable with SC2 25mm mSATA Mini (Half-Size) SSDs. Thank you for bringing that to our attention, we've updated the original post to include said form factor.
JL Sunday, June 8, 2014 16:45:04
Is this firmware applicable to the half-size mSATA Mini version of the SC2? (Model MDMSM-SC2-128)
I am thinking to use it as a boot drive with overprovisioning, but this specific model is not listed for the update, though it also uses the S9 controller.
Josh Friday, June 6, 2014 15:36:53
How do I update my firmware on my replacement drive, i bought a 128 m2 a few months back for my acer c720 is there a way to update the firmware.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 2, 2014 08:21:38
blade,

That's a new one for us, please contact our Tech Support team directly through one of the methods below for 1-on-1 troubleshooting.

Call toll free: 1-866-217-1800
Call locally: 315-343-0090
Email: info@mydigitaldiscount.com
blade Saturday, May 31, 2014 04:12:37
I upgraded to the latest version and enabled overprovisioning. Then I restored my system partition.

Everything works fine, the only thing is that I can't enable the write cache in device manager. This had been working with the old firmware version.

Any help?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, May 13, 2014 08:14:40
Bryan M - Based off your findings, we suggest uninstalling your current version of FNet HybriDisk. We are expecting a new HybriDisk release within the next week or so that will have added features and compatibility that should help correct this issue.

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cleanwater - Have you been following the FW tutorial PDF in the link above? If not, please take a look as it may answer your questions.

If you have and continue to have issues, contact our Tech Support team at info@mydigitaldiscount.com and they can assist you in troubleshooting.
cleanwater Monday, May 12, 2014 20:12:13
I have a Lenovo T540p with Windows 7 Pro.
Try Firmware upgrade 1.6 to 1.7 but failed...
Firmware dose not starting...
Can firmware be updated from this state?
Bryan M Monday, May 12, 2014 18:07:37
I upgraded the firmware to 1.7 (and followed the instructions exactly.. they were very helpful) because my system crashed during a restart and gave me the following error message before launching into chkdsk and windows recovery after that.

driver_irql_not_less_or_equal_fnethybrmdsd.sys

However, after I upgraded the firmware using the instructions my computer doesn't run nearly as quickly. I looked at the policies for the cache drive and noticed that the option "Enable write-caching on this disk" was unchecked and beneath that box it said "This device does not allow its write-caching setting to be changed."

I'd love to get this working again but since that error I have gotten constant reminders to run chkdsk. Although I keep running it, the reminders don't go away and my computer won't run near as quickly as it did before the first time it crashed. Any help would be appreciated... I was in awe at how quickly everything worked before the troubles started.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, May 12, 2014 08:43:42
Bryan M,

To update your firmware, yes - the WINPE version will work for you.

When it comes to firmware, if your SSD is installed and working to your satisfaction then you don't necessarily need to update to the latest version. However, we would suggest that everyone OP their drive for the optimal performance and longevity.

FNet HybriDisk software formats and partitions the drive for you. To confirm that it's running properly, simply click the FNet icon in the system tray on the bottom right of your screen. Doing so should display the operation information.
Bryan M Saturday, May 10, 2014 02:19:55
I have a Lenovo T540p with Windows 8.1 and am trying to figure out a way to install the firmware but there aren't instructions for that... or do I just follow the instructions for a Chromebook and use Windows PE?

I just want to use it as a cache drive. I plugged the M.2 drive in my computer, installed FNET HybriDisk, and told it to run in enhanced mode. Do I need to format the drive at all? How do I know it's running correctly?

- Bryan
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, May 5, 2014 10:40:02
Isaac,

Rolling back FW is never suggested. We're hoping to have a new firmware update available to download by next week, if not sooner. We currently have the new version in hand and our Tech Support team is putting it through comprehensive in-house testing to make sure issues like yours have been corrected before we release it.

Keep an eye on the @MyDigital Twitter feed for notification when the new firmware update is available to download.
Isaac Thursday, May 1, 2014 23:37:00
Hello, apparently I am having the same problem as Alex and simon.
I just got a replacement of the SSD and it is not working on AHCI mode, unfortunately I cannot use it on compatibility mode. There is any possibility to downgrade it, maybe to FW version 1.5? Or there is any forecast of when the FW 1.7 will be available? Thank you
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, April 28, 2014 09:02:15
Alex - Yes, there have been a handful of customers with this issue. Good news is, our Tech Support team is currently testing FW version 1.7 and we're hoping it will shore up any remaining glitches.

Follow @MyDigital on Twitter for notification of all future FW updates.

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zed - Yes, the S9FM01.6 update will work for your particular 60GB Slim 7. There was very little change from FW 1.5 to 1.6 so if you've already installed the drive and have no issues with it's performance, updating the firmware is not totally necessary but you're more that welcome to if you prefer to have the latest version.
zed Wednesday, April 23, 2014 22:46:56
Hello. I just received my first MyDigital SSD from Amazon.com and need your help with determining if S9FM01.6 is a correct firmware update for it. Thank you.

I ordered the following: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B3WX3SA

The sticker on the unit I received displays SKU: MDS7-BP4-060

Under linux, smartctl reports:
Device Model: SC2 SATA SSD
Serial Number: FEB4073B1EB2000*****
Firmware Version: S9FM01.5
User Capacity: 60,022,480,896 bytes [60.0 GB]


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