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MyDigitalSSD BP3 Firmware Update For Phison S8 Controller SSDs

MyDigitalSSD BP3 Firmware Update For Phison S8 Controller SSDs
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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 11:11:00
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Synopsis: Improve the performance in MyDigitalSSD BP3 drives featuring the Phison S8 Controller. Click here to download the latest firmware updates plus step-by-step guides for hassle-free installation. (Updated 1/28/13)

Looking for improved performance from your MyDigitalSSD?

Try the latest firmware update for MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 (BP3) solid state drives featuring the Phison S8 Controller. Click the link below to download the firmware update, along with our step-by-step tutorial, to easily update your drive.

Note: This Firmware update is intended for MyDigitalSSD solid state drives. While compatible with other solid state drives featuring the Phison S8 controller, My Digital Discount will not be held responsible for errors made on drives other than MyDigitalSSD, if any occur.

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January 28, 2013 Update

Having compatibility issues with the BP3? Click here for Firmware Version 04.6.

July 11, 2012 Firmware Update

Recommended Upgrade Method
For users WITHOUT the capability to apply the firmware in a Windows 7 environment as a slave drive. Windows 7 backup tutorial coming soon.

Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S8 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment

For users WITH the capability to apply the firmware in a Windows 7 environment as a slave drive.

Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S8 controlled MyDigitalSSD

Until further notice, this update is strictly limited to the following drives.


WARNING: Do not apply this update to 2.5" MyDigitalSSD BP3 Series drives until further notice.

This is the first firmware upgrade released for MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 3 (BP3) SSDs featuring the new Phison S8 controller. This update focuses on increasing and maintaining the drive's speed as it's filled up with data.

In all the initial tests performed, this upgrade not only works but exceeds expectations. As seen in the ATTO tests below, the difference in buffered write speeds are significantly increased.

ATTO Benchmark Before Firmware Update
Test Drive: 128GB MyDigital BP3 SSD

ATTO Benchmark After Firmware Update
Test Drive: 64GB MyDigital BP3 SSD

As seen in the Anvil test below, the write speeds on a 128GB drive filled to half capacity, while running the operating system, maintains a high performance level. The new firmware is tooled to maintain that efficiency.

Anvil Benchmark After Firmware Update
Test Drive: 128GB MyDigital BP3 SSD (Click to enlarge in new window)

Comments on MyDigitalSSD BP3 Firmware Update For Phison S8 Controller SSDs Monday, December 1, 2014 15:23:02

The bad news is, you're going to need an RMA to get a new drive as that issues requires the SSD to be reset by the manufacturer.

The good news is that we can get you a replacement in no time. Simply email with your original order information and they'll reply with all the details you'll need to get that back to us.
Anthony Wednesday, November 26, 2014 15:27:16
I am having the same problem i am having a BP3 mSATA ssd, the msata SSD crashed the same way as the guys described below. My 64GB msata SSD is showing 2MB size and the disk is shown as PS3108S8 and the firmware as S8R00000. Right now I am overseas. Need help Tuesday, May 21, 2013 07:16:30

It sounds like you're going to need an RMA. Please call us, toll free at 1-866-217-1800, or email with the your order details and we'll set you up with a new drive.
Jackson Tuesday, May 21, 2013 06:52:07
Having the same issue with Mark here, firmware upgrade went wrong. Now I'm getting an error "failed! not running on flash normal code now! -s8r" while trying to reflash. Can you please rectify. Thanks
charisse Monday, February 4, 2013 14:06:20
that's what's up Monday, January 28, 2013 11:48:53

You're not stuck. We've just posted a new BP3 firmware update that should solve your issues. Visit the link below for more details.
Jerry Saturday, January 19, 2013 13:09:23
What kind of firmware update causes the storage size to shrink to the size of a floppy?! Seriously, this thing is junk. BSODs all over the place in Windows 8 with stock firmware and updating the firmware effectively kills it. Now I'm stuck with a broken computer and a 15% restocking fee. Awesome. Monday, October 1, 2012 08:35:22

There's good news and some not so great news. The good news is, your drive is alive and well.

The not so great news is, somewhere during the process, the SSD switched internally from displaying the 256GB to only displaying the firmware of 2MB. It is an easy fix, but unfortunately we would have to do it for you.

Give us a call, toll free at 1-866-217-1800, to set up an RMA and we'll be happy to help with the issue.
Mark Wednesday, September 26, 2012 17:29:11
Just tried to upgrade my BP3 256GB firmware for the Phison S8 with WinPE USB and it seemed to have gone through alright; it even displayed after the upgrade: S8FM03.2. I did shut down WinPE as explained in the tutorial.

I then tried to clean install again Windows7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 and it went through extracting the files up to about 22% and then stopped with an error message (I don't recall the exact message). I did shut down and reboot again but the drive was not detected anymore and it just showed "PS32O8S8" instead of "SATA SSD". When I tried to reflash it gave error code: "failed! not running on flash normal code now! -s8r" and lists the firmware as S8R00000 instead of S8FM0001 or S8FM03.2. Please advise. Monday, August 6, 2012 17:12:11

We suggest performing a complete backup, then contacting us via email at In your email, please note that you're looking for those specific instructions and we'll be happy to send a tutorial over. Thanks!
Noah Monday, August 6, 2012 13:32:59
I run my MSATA as my primary boot drive. My whole OS runs on my 256GB MSATA. So I have no clue how to run this. Can you possibly make an update that can be run from Linux. I can install Ubuntu on a thumbdrive easy. But doing Widow7 on a thumb drive is not really possible.
WaNaWe900 Monday, July 30, 2012 19:20:01
Update it smoothly as slave drive in Win7x64 ;D and do another fresh install successfully in less than 1 hour.. it's communicate better than before in my M6600 Tuesday, July 24, 2012 08:52:40

We're happy to hear that the WIN PE FW update helped.

As far as the boot times, you could minimize the programs that load on startup by accessing the msconfig program and uncheck as many unnecessary programs listed under 'startup' as possible. That could hold you over until Windows 8 comes out in October, the boot times on the release candidates have been amazing.
Daniel Tuesday, July 24, 2012 01:46:08
Managed to get it working now, also only via the WIN PE environment. Performance is great and it works well. No other issues.
Cut boot times on my Y580 from avg 50 secs to 20 secs now from a fresh install off the recovery disks.
Any idea if it's possible to achieve those sub-10 sec boot times or if it's realistic for this drive? ;) Monday, July 23, 2012 08:43:36

That's great feedback, thank you for adding it to this post.

We encourage others to share their experiences so we can address any issues that may arise and create better tutorials in the future.
Ho Sunday, July 22, 2012 05:46:51
Upgraded my BP3 to S8FM032 without problem.
It does not works fine with my Win7 prof 64 bits. However successfully upgrade with WinPE USB boot.

Only down side is I have to backup and restore my OS after firmware upgrade. Tuesday, July 17, 2012 15:07:09

Please contact our tech support via email,, or call us toll free at 1-866-217-1800. That way we can trouble shoot 1-on-1 and help you get to the bottom of this issue.
Daniel Tuesday, July 17, 2012 14:52:40
Hi have just installed MDMS-BP3-128 in my Lenovo Y580. Drive works fine but not as fast as I expected so I was trying the firmware upgrade. However, I get the following error message:

Upgrade FW and re_initial device now...
Force to Boot Mode...
ISP Jump..
OS LastError: [0]
ATA Reg: [f][1][0][0][0][a0][31]
Failed! Jump to Boot Fail!!

Tried running by booting from both the SSD and the original HDD, but both times I get the same error message.
Subsequently I am also unable to access the internet till i restart my laptop.

Would appreciate your speedy response, thanks! Monday, July 16, 2012 08:37:18

As soon as SandForce releases one, it will have it's own blog post here on We do not have an idea when that may be at this time though.

Luckily, customer feedback on the MyDigitalSSD Smart Series has been great where we haven't found a need for a Firmware update just yet.
Stefan Saturday, July 14, 2012 07:50:13
When do you plan to release a firmware update for MyDigitalSSD Smart Series with SandForce SF-2281 Controller?

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