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MyDigitalSSD BP3 Firmware Update - Over Provisioning, Better Compatibility, and Higher IOPS

MyDigitalSSD BP3 Firmware Update - Over Provisioning, Better Compatibility, and Higher IOPS
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Synopsis: Get the latest Firmware update for MyDigitalSSD BP3 mSATA SSDs featuring the Phison S8 Controller. This update over provisions the drive for improved Random Read/Write performance, increases the life span and endurance of the drive, and corrects compatibility issues seen in the Acer W500 and Asus EP121.

Get improved speeds, endurance, and lifespan while making compatibility issues a thing of the past!

Click the links below to download the latest firmware update for MyDigitalSSD BP3 mSATA SSDs featuring the Phison S8 controller and our step-by-step tutorial to assist you in updating your drive.

The main feature of this firmware update is that it over provisions the SSD. While over provisioning does slightly decrease the overall size of the drive, it does a lot of good for the drive by leveraging that additional capacity for improved random (small file) Read/Write speeds and IOPS (helps with boot times and opening programs), extended performance endurance (no slow down no matter how much data you put on it), and allows for a longer life span of the drive itself.

Furthermore, this update also corrects compatibility issues seen in the Acer Iconia Tab W500 and ASUS Eee Slate EP121.

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 25, 2013 Firmware Update - 04.6

Firmware: S8FW46.zip
Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S8 controller MyDigitalSSD
 

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

MDMS-BP3-032
MDMS-BP3-064
MDMS-BP3-128
MDMS-BP3-256


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Comments on MyDigitalSSD BP3 Firmware Update - Over Provisioning, Better Compatibility, and Higher IOPS

Aryeh Goretsky Friday, March 1, 2013 02:52:14 AM
Hello,

In the process of upgrading MDMS-BP3-128 installed in ThinkPad X220. Had to set SATA option in BIOS to 'Compatibility' and specify I/O address and ATA bus position on command line ("0x1f0
–slave"). Just restored BIOS settings and am reloading OS now.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 25, 2013 07:58:52 AM
Mike R,

We're sorry for the trouble. While this is a fairly rare issue, we do have the ability to reconfigure the drive so it will perform as advertised.

The bad news is that we would have reconfigure it for you as we can't really make a tutorial on how to do it yourself. Please contact info@mydigitaldiscount.com or call us toll free at 1-866-217-1800 to setup a return.
Mike R Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:48:01 PM
After having terrible performance on my Lenovo L420 laptop I upgraded my 128Gb using S8FW46.zip and followed instructions successfully (got the PASS message at the end) , so I thought. Unfortunately it now shows up as a 2MB drive in windows 7. Noticed someone with same problem after using version 1.1 of the firmware upgrade. What do I do now?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 18, 2013 07:59:49 AM
Rick,

Technically IDE or Compatibility mode is what you need. When it comes to the Slate B121, it runs exclusively on AHCI mode.

If you do not have access to another computer that will allow to perform the update on, 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.
Rick Wednesday, February 13, 2013 05:35:26 PM
Could not flash the firmware. I just get the "No vaild SATA Device Exist !!" message without any drives listed.

I checked BIOS on my Asus Eee Slate B121 and found no options for SATA operation mode. This thing only has the physical option of the one SSD, so I think it is IDE exclusively. What now?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 4, 2013 09:04:24 AM
Justin - Please confirm that there is also no 'compatibility mode' which is like IDE but not actually IDE. Also, look into updating the firmware on your HP BIOS.

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John Ratsey - This would be the typical error if the computer was not set to either IDE or compatibility mode. Please make sure your SATA operation mode is set to one of those instead of AHCI or RAID.

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Shawn - Yes sir, that is normal because that number is inconsequential when running an operating system.

We used CrystalDiskMark as well during our in-house testing and saw the 4K Write speeds increase, from 32MB/s to 55MB/s, and that is the change that matters most.

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Jose - This is a new issue for us. Please contact Doug by emailing info@mydigitaldiscount.com, or call toll free 1-866-217-1800, to further explore the the trouble you're having 1-on-1.
Jose Friday, February 1, 2013 11:55:07 AM
Went through the update process smoothly on my Acer Iconia Tab W500. Now I'm having trouble restoring from an image file; tried it three (3) times without success so I put in the original Acer Recovery DVD (total of 2 DVDs). Still no go; the screen's been blank and the Windows start button is just lit blue for 30 minutes now. Help.
Shawn Thursday, January 31, 2013 07:23:35 AM
Upgraded my x220 as well.
No problems so far.

Did a CDM bench, everything is better except 4K QD32 and SEQ as compared to my previous bench with FW32.

4K QD32 has a substantial drop by about 60mbps.
John Ratsey Thursday, January 31, 2013 05:31:03 AM
I made a bootable flash drive as per instructions but ERSN0803.exe can't find the BP3 in my Samsung NP900X3B.

I just get the "No vaild SATA Device Exist !!" message without any drives listed. But I know it's there because it was on the on the BIOS one-time boot menu (and I've just restarted the computer and booted Windows).
Justin Thursday, January 31, 2013 02:53:02 AM
I am currently unable to flash to the new firmware. According to the instructions, you need to be in IDE mode for the update to work. However, I currently use an HP laptop that does not allow switching between IDE/AHCI/RAID in BIOS; it is always in AHCI mode. Are there a set of procedures/workarounds that will allow me to update the firmware while in AHCI mode?

I would really like to move up to this firmware as my current SSD is experiencing slowdowns and freezes. Thanks!


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