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How to Upgrade Firmware on MyDigitalSSD Phison S9 Controlled Drives
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 12:53:00
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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)

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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 Monday, November 7, 2016 11:21:05
William Yingst,

Hey there, sorry to hear you are having issues there with your Super Cache 2 M.2 SSD. Please email tech@mydigitaldiscount.com with the info from your comment, and include what you can: brand, model number, form factor capacity, firmware, device OS, device motherboard
William Yingst Sunday, November 6, 2016 00:09:46
Just bought a brand new 128GB Super Cache 2 42mm SATA III (6G) M.2 2242 NGFF SSD. Unfortunately, I can't get it to be recognized by any software, including this program. The BIOS does not pick it up, and neither does my file system or even this firmware upgrade tool! I would be able to use my brand new drive!

For reference, my motherboard is an MSI H110i pro, and I have it installed in the only M.2 slot.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:04:42
Mohammad Philby,

If you have emailed tech@mydigitaldiscount.com then our technical staff should reply.

Thank you
Mohammad Philby Thursday, April 14, 2016 08:52:55
Hi,

I recently bought your M.2 ssd on amazon and shows 20MB after installing on my x240, my laptop really slows down right know. If i put out your SSD my system back to normal again, is there something wrong with your SSD? Or do you have solution for this trouble?

I also sent email to you with details,
Please Kindly check,

Thank you
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, April 1, 2016 09:35:44
pclemins,

Please contact tech@mydigitialdiscount.com with your issue.
pclemins Thursday, March 31, 2016 16:17:03
I just flashed a MDM242-SB-128 from 1.8 to 2.1 and it's now taking 2 minutes to initialize (before my BIOS comes up, or my PC attempts to load an OS). I can then see it in my BIOS, but not in any OS, including WinPE via your firmware utility or diskpart. Advice?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:09:09
Evan Richardson,

Thank you for buying MyDigitalSSD. Firmware updates will be released when necessary. Please check back with this page for the latest released update. You can also check with us on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know.

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Evan Richardson Wednesday, February 17, 2016 19:04:25
I had to RMA a Superbootdrive from amazon, due to it showing up as a Physical 20MB disk, rather than a 16GB SSD. Th replacement looks good, but it has firmware version S9FM02.6 on it. I have another SSD with S9FM02.1 firmware. Your latest version appears to be S9FM02.1, is there an update pending or something?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 1, 2016 10:08:36
pol0,

Sorry you are facing some issues there. We are currently looking into further firmware updates and making them available here on this page. You can continue to check back on this page for the next update or you can connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to be the first to know:

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pol0 Saturday, January 30, 2016 19:25:02
my SBe-128 has fw S9FM02.2 94hours in operations and full healthy BUT i have very poor writes on games big files : less than a c10 SD, and sometimes under 1kbs! So it would be usefull to get latest fw update as these here are quite low versions..! Thx to give us the latest downloads, if not why .2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6 (and maybe newer) are set on latest devices ?
Iciclebar Tuesday, November 24, 2015 14:19:21
It does, thanks. The confusion comes from my first SSD being a Samsung. They did not over provision and expected the user to set the over provision manually with their software..
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, November 24, 2015 09:12:52
Iciclebar,

Yes, your drive is over provisioned to improve performance and lastability. Generally over provisioning happens by the manufacturer so isn't something you should worry about doing yourself, in this case by MyDigitalSSD.

Hope that helps
Iciclebar Monday, November 23, 2015 22:37:22
My SuperBoot Drive with fiirmware S9FM02.6 is showing up as a 240GB drive in Crystal Disk with an NTFS formatted capacity of 220GB. Does this mean that some space is being dedicated to overprovisioning already (the missing 16gb?, from an article I read that the 128gb version was using 8gb of overprovisioning) or does this mean that I need to set aside more space? How would I go about overprovisioning this drive if it needs it?

Thanks.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Friday, September 18, 2015 09:44:15
Tony,

Sorry to hear about the trouble, please contact info@mydigitaldiscount.com with your order information and we'll get you set up with an RMA.

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wcshaff,

The steps should put you on the path to finding out the SSDs firmware. If not please download and try CrystalDiskInfo.

Just run CrystalDiskInfo and select your drive. The firmware version will be displayed.

You can get CrystalDiskInfo here: http://tinyurl.com/6e4kj3
wcshaff Wednesday, September 16, 2015 16:54:00
Re: instructions to Newbuyer to check firmware version. I run that on a T450 with Win 7 and do not get the version.
Tony Wednesday, September 16, 2015 14:29:28
I just bought a 128 SB. Tried to update the firmware to 2.1, now the device changed it's name to Ps3109S9 and the drive is 0 GB. I can't update or use the ssd anymore.
Help would be appreciated.
Doroteo Tuesday, September 1, 2015 09:03:17
Solution, in response to Mikey's question.

My firmware update to 2.1 was also failing with my drives and stating that the firmware was up to date at v.1.7. After some testing and ended up installing firmware version 1.9 successfully and then from there was able to upgrade to v.2.1. Seems like 1.9 is a pre-requisite before going to 2.1. I hope this helps..

Original Question:
I have 128GB SC2 and made all the steps in the tutorial but when choose my drive it says:
- Firmware version 1.7
-You have the latest firmware updated
Whats the problem?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, August 11, 2015 09:13:11
Jay,

Sorry, we will get the next firmware update when needed. Connect with us on social media with the links above to be the first to find out about the next release.
Jay Monday, August 10, 2015 14:47:08
As far as releasing firmware 2.3 Can you release it? even changes have been minimal. It's still update. There must be some improvement. Thanks.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:48:11
Shahyan Qureshi,

As far as releasing firmware 2.3 we don't see any need to release it, as changes have been minimal. 2.1 or higher are still the recommended versions for the Phison S9 controllers at this date.

Current firmware has been tested and is fully compatible with Windows 10.
Shahyan Qureshi Wednesday, July 29, 2015 14:41:31
Folks

I have version 2.1 and I see there is version 2.3 in the below post. Will we be able to download and apply this latest firmware. Also are there any known compatibility issues with windows 10
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:11:12
Mikey,

That does sound odd. If you have made the update under Win PE and followed all of the steps, just check the firmware version with the free utility CrystalDiskInfo, available here: http://tinyurl.com/6x7xc3

If none of that helps feel free to call and ask for technical support at: 1-866-217-1800 Mon-Fri 9AM-4:30PM EST
Mikey Monday, July 27, 2015 18:12:43
Hey All!

I have 128GB SC2 and made all the steps in the tutorial but when choose my drive it says:

- Firmware version 1.7
-You have the latest firmware updated

Whats the problem?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, July 23, 2015 09:56:45
Junz,

Yes, CrystalDiskInfo is displaying the correct firmware with your SSD, firmware 2.3. Your SSD shipped with the latest version of the firmware. If you have firmware 2.1 or higher, then there is no need to upgrade.

We only release firmware upgrades when they are necessary to upgrade from older versions.
Junz Wednesday, July 22, 2015 01:18:19
From my CrystalDiskInfo 6.5.2 X64
it shows my Firmware S9FM02.3
Does it mean I have firmware 2.3 ? but the website only has firmware up to 2.1 tho/
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 8, 2015 11:11:57
kmkmkm,

Yes, please upgrade to the most recent version of the firmware. Also, note that you will have to do so using WinPE.
kmkmkm Sunday, June 7, 2015 23:22:55
If I'm running a 128GB SBe as a secondary drive (not boot drive), do I still need to run the firmware upgrade in WinPE or can I just do it from the usual Win8 environment?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, April 14, 2015 09:33:56
Jake,

In our experience there have not been any external keyboards that did not work. Perhaps see if there is another external keyboard or USB port you can try.
Jake Friday, April 10, 2015 22:21:49
What should I do if I am unable to use my ChromeBook Keyboard and my external keyboard when I am in WINPE?

I am using a ChromeBook C720 i3.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Thursday, March 12, 2015 09:03:33
j,

Not a problem, and if the upcoming update does not improve things, please don't hesitate to contact us at: tech@mydigitaldiscount.com


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