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How to Upgrade Firmware on MyDigitalSSD Phison S9 Controlled Drives

How to Upgrade Firmware on MyDigitalSSD Phison S9 Controlled Drives
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Synopsis: Click here to download the latest firmware update for MyDigitalSSD solid state drives featuring the S9 controller (SC2, SB, SBe) along with step-by-step upgrade tutorials for users of all experience levels. (Updated 3/20/15)

To better assist our customers, the My Digital Discount Tech Support team has created new step-by-step tutorials to assist MyDigitalSSD owners in upgrading the firmware on Super Cache 2 (SC2), Super Boot Drive, and Super Boot Eco (SBe) solid state drives featuring the Phison 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 MyDigitalSSD drive 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 their 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 update(s) found in this blog post are ONLY to be used with the following MyDigitalSSD solid state dive model numbers:

M.2 NGFF

42mm (2242) Super Cache 2 (SC2)
MDM242-SC2-032
MDM242-SC2-064
MDM242-SC2-128

42mm (2242) Super Boot Drive
MDM242-SB-008
MDM242-SB-016
MDM242-SB-032
MDM242-SB-064
MDM242-SB-128
MDM242-SB-256

80mm (2280) Super Boot Drive
MDM280-SB-256

42mm (2242) Super Boot Eco (SBe)
MDM242-SBe-064
MDM242-SBe-128

mSATA & mSATA Mini (Half-Size)

50mm Super Cache 2 (SC2)
MDMS-SC2-024-S
MDMS-SC2-032-S
MDMS-SC2-064-S
MDMS-SC2-128-S

50mm Super Boot Drive
MDMS-SB-008
MDMS-SB-016
MDMS-SB-032
MDMS-SB-064
MDMS-SB-128

25mm Super Cache 2
MDMSM-SC2-032
MDMSM-SC2-064
MDMSM-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 part numbers listed above.


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DOWNLOADS

You must upgrade the firmware under Windows PE. See the accompanying tutorial for more information.

Upgrade using Windows PE Environment

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

3/20/15 | Recommended Update (can be performed on FW 1.1 through 2.0)

Firmware Bundle: S9_21_WPE.zip (125MB)

Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S9 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment - S9FM02.1 (PDF)

Change Log: S9FM01.7 - S9FM02.1 (PDF)


Firmware Bundle: S9_19_WPE.zip (126MB)

Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S9 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment - S9FM01.9 (PDF)
 

Comments on How to Upgrade Firmware on MyDigitalSSD Phison S9 Controlled Drives

MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, March 12, 2015 09:03:33 AM
j,

Not a problem, and if the upcoming update does not improve things, please don't hesitate to contact us at: tech@mydigitaldiscount.com
j Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:59:13 PM
i'll just keep an eye out for the update and see if that helps - thanks!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Wednesday, March 11, 2015 04:36:21 PM
j,

Sorry to hear that you are currently facing some issues there with you MyDigitalSSD product. We are currently in the process of upgrading firmware to 2.1.

If you would like to reply with an email address, we will contact you as soon as that update is ready. Or you can keep checking on our "Tutorial" blog section for the next update.
j Tuesday, March 10, 2015 09:35:38 AM
will there be a 2.0 release soon? i've had my 64g m2 for a month and a half and am getting nearly daily disk errors, even with multiple wipes/reformatting. i'm running the firmware the drive was shipped with (1.9), but i'm not sure firmware would mend the errors! anyway, thanks for your support - you guys are the best!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:23:31 AM
Steven - Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment. Your current version of the firmware of S9FM02.0 is the correct version. S9FM01.9 is for customers with older versions of the firmware.
Steven Friday, February 13, 2015 11:05:59 PM
Hi,

My firmware version is S9FM02.0, is it the latest version so far?
Do I still have to apply the update 1.9?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:26:28 AM
No, the S9 is the controller, and the version of your firmware should come after the FM in the first line.
Ex:
IDE\DiskBP4_SATA_SSD_________S8FM07.2

If your hardware ID will not display this, I suggest getting a third party program like Crystal Disk Info to tell you this info.
Dan Thursday, February 12, 2015 03:23:20 AM
I was looking for the Firmware Version, and following your directions, I went to the Disk Drives section in Device Manager. I click on the SB M2 SSD, then I go to the properties tab, and look at Hardware Ids, I get this:

SCSI\Disk______SBM2_SSD__________S9FM
SCSI\Disk______SBM2_SSD__________
SCSI\Disk______SB
SCSI\______SBM2_SSD__________S
______SBM2_SSD__________S
GenDisk

I'm guessing the S9FM in the first line, is saying I'm at v1.9 of the firmware, is that correct?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Wednesday, February 11, 2015 09:43:17 AM
Barry - In your BIOS you should be able to switch from UEFI to Legacy boot, and that will allow you to boot from a USB drive.
Barry Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:57:26 AM
My BIOS settings require a .EFI file to boot from USB, but there's no file like that on my USB drive when I follow the instructions. What can I do?


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