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MyDigitalSSD mSATA, Half Slim, and 2.5" SATA SSD Firmware Update

MyDigitalSSD mSATA, Half Slim, and 2.5" SATA SSD Firmware Update
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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 11:06:00
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Synopsis: Click here to download the latest firmware update for all solid state drives using the Phison S5 SATA controller. This includes MyDigitalSSD mSATA, mSATA Mini, 2.5 inch SATA, and Half Slim SSDs. (Updated 10.26.12)

Need the latest firmware for your computer? Simply click the link below to download the update.

Please note that the firmware installation below necessitates a Windows PE environment run on a PC. After updated on a PC, the drive can be used in either a PC or a Mac.

Also, this Firmware update is intended for MyDigitalSSD solid state drives. While it's compatible with other SSD featuring the Phison controller, My Digital Discount will not be held responsible for errors made on drives other than MyDigitalSSD, if any occur.

September 26, 2012 - Update to firmware tutorial for the Phison S5 controller. Amendment on page 7 allows the upgrade to be performed in Compatibility mode. Thanks Steven!

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September 5, 2012 - New firmware update for any drive with an S5 controller.


Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5.030.pdf

Bench test results using a 64GB MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof mSATA SSD

April 3, 2012 - New firmware update for mSATA drives.


Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5-17.pdf

February 28, 2012 - New firmware update for mSATA drives.


Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5-15.pdf

January 11, 2012 - Updated to help users who want to use the drive as a Slave.


Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5.pdf

October 10, 2011 - After receiving some questions regarding the last Firmware update posted, we've uploaded a new copy of the Firmware download and a step-by-step tutorial on how to install it. Hopefully this will clear up any problems. If not, please let us know.

Comments on MyDigitalSSD mSATA, Half Slim, and 2.5" SATA SSD Firmware Update

Laurent Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:52:06
Dear, I'm sorry I did not see you had answered. Thanks a lot for your response.

I must confess meanwhile I found additional information about partition alignment.

So I downloaded EASEUS Partition Manager and performed a check: my both partitions was not properly aligned !

I backed up my drive, performed a lossless partition alignment on my hard drive, and now I am quite happy with its performances :)

In my humble opinion, checking partition alignment before attempting a full erase could help.

However, I'm wondering if my problem has been solved because the lossless partition realignment (that shifts data by rewriting them) had the same effect than filling with zeroes, or if it is because my partitions are now correctly aligned... Monday, August 12, 2013 07:22:03

We don't have much experience with the Corsair Nova but firmware results did vary between manufacturers as well as drive use.

If you continue to experience slow performance after upgrading to FW 030, the last and final firmware, we recommend visiting the link below and secure erase your SSD to clear it completely.

If you still see unsatisfactory results after that, you may want to contact Corsair about getting a return/replacement or buying a new SSD all together.
Alessandro Thursday, August 8, 2013 13:21:25
Ola, parabens pelo trabalho, porem fiz todo o processo, e meu SSD continua com167 de leitura, muito abaixo do que vi aqui, meu SSD cssd-v40gb2, melhorou do que estava mas ainda esta lento
Morten Friday, July 12, 2013 15:53:18
Guys, fantastic work! My 4 year old laptop was virtually dead due to the crap Corsair firmware. The update made it at least 10 times faster, and it's now behaving like a brand new machine. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 08:25:12

While solid and quick, the Verbatim Black still only uses a SATA II interface. SATA II is usually fine for Windows 7 but Windows 8 is even more optimized for SSD use. A SATA III (6G) drive would reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the lag you're experiencing when multitasking.

One suggestion we have is to write the SSD back to zeros with Parted Magic, as seen in the link below, and try the SSD again.

If, after trying this, you are still experiencing slow downs and hold ups, you might want to upgrade to a SATA III (6G) SSD like our BP4 drives found in the link below.
Laurent Monday, July 8, 2013 15:41:01
I am convinced you guys did your best to provide updates for the Phison S5, unfortunately I am still disappointed with the day to day use of my Verbatim 128G black edition.

I flashed it using the F030 update, and things seemed to go well since. My machine is getting incredibly fast, at least for one thing at a moment. I realize multitasking leads to stutter and freezing issues.

I am using a Windows 8 on a old machine (Intel T9400 2.53Mhz and 4 GB RAM). Using it for gaming, surfing, writing, storing pictures and video is very fast. The problem is the multitasking. For example, when I am installing a new software, I want to surf a bit during the time it is installed : it's impossible: the computer is freezing hardly, the disk reaches 100% in the task manager (when I manage to open it...) during *minutes*.

Having several application running together that tries to write on the disk cannot be done without freezes, stutters, and a trivial operation turns to a nightmare...

Surprisingly, everything goes well apart this.

That's why I wonder if I am the only one who experience this. I probably misconfigured some part of my OS or I may have forgotten some essential steps. Can I have some pointers about what I can check ?

Thanks a lot for help,
marek Wednesday, May 8, 2013 18:32:14

I did upgrade on my dell E6400 on ATA controller mode and everything has gone fine. SSD use verbatim 128gb. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 09:05:52

Yes, you're correct. The 030 was the last update to ever be released for the S5 controller.
iPodes Wednesday, March 13, 2013 05:00:31

Just to confirm, there wasn't any new firmware update release for Phison S5?

Luigi Monday, February 25, 2013 12:44:25
my ssd verbatim 128gb

fw: 012
seq 244.2 ; 178.4
512: 162.7 ; 50.52
4k 10.14 ; 7.003
qd32 70.23 : 7.944

fw: 030
seq 260.6 ; 235.3
512: 172.9 ; 147.0
4k 13.24 ; 34.50
qd32 74.84 : 46.41

:-) i'm happy now Monday, February 18, 2013 08:01:00

There is no Mac solution at this time. You'll have to find someone with a PC to assist you in performing the update for you to use it in a Mac afterwards.

If you do not have access to a PC, we'd be happy to upgrade your device for you. Simply email, or call toll free 1-866-217-1800, for details on setting that up.
Kieran Saturday, February 16, 2013 06:44:35
How do I do instal this firmware using a Mac?
Scoubidouille Tuesday, February 5, 2013 13:58:40
Nice to see such a team working towards user's satisfaction!
I upgraded a Verbatim 128GB Black Edition from S5FAM012 to S5FAM017 like a charm a few months ago with success and I plan to do the same with the new S5FAM030 firmware in a few days.
Just curious, has anybody a link to the Verbatim (Win PE supposed version) version as the link below is broken ?
Thanks in advance and Greetings from France! Monday, February 4, 2013 09:10:14

Thanks for the kind words! As it stands now, Phison's controller focus is on the S8 but if they do release an update for the S5, rest assured, we'll post it here.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for to get all of our latest updates.
Donjeuw Friday, February 1, 2013 05:50:06
Steven's method also worked for me on a H61m-p23 Mobo (s.1155), I had the error message "No valid sata disk inserted" even in IDE mode, I managed to update the firmware with no problem then.
For now I can't say if my Verb behaves better, I'll have to test it a bit more.
Gus Wednesday, January 30, 2013 17:25:16
Do you have any news about next update of firmware for S5 controller - enabled drives? Cant wait to improve my V4 even further! Looks like you guys care about your customers more than some other vendors.
Keep up good work! thx!
Thanker Wednesday, January 23, 2013 00:34:57
Steven's method worked on my Thinkpad T61p with Corsair Nova 2 v60gb2 and S5FAM030. The output from dlmc went by too quick and couldn't be run through "more" or paused quickly enough. "dlmc 0x1f0 -master" worked perfect though. The SSD was the only drive in the laptop. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 08:25:14
iPodes - You're quite welcome! Thank you for the suggestion as well, we'll be sure to look into that.


Scar - That's tough for us to diagnose as we don't have much familiarity with the Crucial V4 but hopefully somebody reading this, whose had a similar issue, can offer a solution.
Scar Tuesday, January 22, 2013 06:43:38
No luck with upgrading Crucial V4 64GiB :( "No compatible SATA device found" - Anyone had that problem?
iPodes Monday, January 21, 2013 11:33:47
Just came here to say thanks for having better support here than by a company with at least ten times your size. Such a shame for Verbatim.

I have a Verbatim 64 GB SSD Sata II (Product Number: 47473) and I had never upgraded the firmware since I bought the SSD.

Must say that after upgrading to S5FAM030 the behavior it's completely different. No hanging times, faster boot and faster response.

The tutorial it's also quite complete. (I would just suggest to make a guide for how to clone the SSD content and move it back again after firmware upgrade)

Once again thanks for your work,
Regards. Monday, January 21, 2013 08:22:40

We're happy to hear your laptop is running smoothly but we are not provided change logs for our updates.

The last few updates have mostly addressed speed issues that have arisen during use but the next release, FW V4.6, will focus on compatibility issues, even faster speeds, overprovisioning, and increased lifespan. Stay tuned to our Twitter @MyDigital for more details this week.
Gus Wednesday, January 16, 2013 19:50:36
Flashed successfully my V4 256Gb. Works good on my Laptop. Is it possible to read changelog of this firmware over previous versions. Thanks in advance! Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:43:08
ticoloco - Those are unusual results and could even have something to do with the type of data/information populating the SSD. Please contact with more details, including what exactly the drive is being used for, and we'll do our best to help you find a solution to this issue.


Papa Hobbit - We've had success with Verbatim drives in the past but, unfortunately, we do not have the knowledge base of their products to tell you if something has changed where this firmware upgrade no longer works with their products.

Because we do not deal directly with Verbatim, you'll need to contact them directly for further assistance.
Papa Hobbit Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:31:00
The firmware S5FAM030 can not install on the Verbatim 128 GB Black. After entering the "ISP" software crash after some time. I have tried in bios IDE, RAID and AHCI.
My board is an Intel DP35DP.


Papa Hobbit
SSIV Tuesday, January 15, 2013 07:32:12
The S5FAM030 works wonders for the Crucial v4. If anyone has a changelog, please post it!
ticoloco Monday, January 14, 2013 17:08:26
Think I might have a lemon MyDigitalSSD BP 128GB microSATA. Lenovo T410s sometimes becomes barely useable with these results despite 030 FW:

seq: 32 ; 7
512K: 22 ; 4
4K: 0.7 ; 1.2
QD32: 64 ; 11

At other times, I get more "normal" results:

seq: 224 ; 93
512K: 152 ; 57
4K: 8 ; 13
QD32: 64 ; 18

Using CrystalDiskMark. Drive has 110GB of 119GB in use. Am using Windows 8 x64.

Any ideas? Any other test I could run to diagnose what might be wrong? Taskmanager doesn't show any fishy programs hogging the drive, instead showing it's often reading at 100% at 1 MB/s.

Chris Weber Germany Saturday, January 5, 2013 17:26:54
Hi Folk Thanks for Your S5 Firmware My Intenso SSD 32 GB is now a rocket. Before the max speed was in read/rite approx. 40 MB/S, now its over 130MB/S.

Thanks a lot Wednesday, January 2, 2013 08:40:08
AY - Thank you for the tips, we're glad to hear the firmware has helped.

Fabio - That's great to hear!

PALOY - We're happy to hear your notebook is running smoother. As far as freeware goes, here are a few trusted programs we like to use.

1. For unbuffered speed results, we use CrystalDiskMark.
2. For buffered speed results showing the drive's maximum potential, we use ATTO Benchmark.
3. For SSD firmware and feature information, we use CrystalDiskInfo.

Regarding life span and current status on the life of the SSD, we have yet to find a truly accurate program but we're always on the lookout.
PALOY Sunday, December 30, 2012 06:48:01

First, thank you for the 030 firmware, my DELL now it's working without freezing.

Can you recommend some freewares to check the SSD, I have tried some without success.

Fabio Friday, December 28, 2012 15:15:56
Worked with my Verbatim 128Gb drive, using FW 030, ide mode, and the DOS updater, disk is MUCH better now in sequential R/W like a previous user said it makes the hardware worth the purchase :)


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