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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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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.

Firmware: S5FAM030_FW.zip

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.

Firmware: S5FAM017_FW.zip

Tutorial: Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5-17.pdf

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

Firmware: S5FAM015_FW.zip

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.

Firmware: PhisonFW-S5FAM012.zip

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

S. Neumann Wednesday, February 11, 2015 08:21:45 AM
Germany: Meine SSD ist kaputt, nach dem Firmware S5FAM015 Upgrate. Nicht zu empfehlen...M√úLL UPGRATE!

"Germany : My SSD is broken, after the firmware S5FAM015 Upgrade . Not recommended ... Upgrade GARBAGE !"
MyDigitalDiscount.com Wednesday, February 4, 2015 09:28:16 AM
alex - Good to hear your success with the FW upgrade. It must be noted that our FW upgrades are recommended for MyDigitalSSD components only, and we cannot guarantee they will work with other brands.
alex Wednesday, February 4, 2015 07:12:50 AM
this really works...

first i tried the S5FAM015 from winPE.. and got my SSD bricked.. nothing would see the drive..

then i tried the S5FAM030_FW from the PDF version and got my Corsair Nova 60GB working again...

ar first it didn`t work, but then i read the tutorial better and found the dlmc 0f10 -slave command in ms-dos

it saw my drive and completed the firmware update.

thank all of you guys who made my dead (getting ready to trash it) corsair SSD working again.

Pro Friday, June 6, 2014 03:38:31 AM
Hello again,

about Crucial V4, just found out, that if you set sleep mode in bios to S3, it starts to became slower and slower, bios freezes starts occurring at restarts. Just set it to S1 (just CPU sleep), then it works fine with this firmware (at least it worked for me).

Am sure it's not firmware fault, its bad ssd, as i found out about active garbage collection (as they said to leave ssd with data cable unplugged for 6 hours), it cleans himself. But with this S1 you power down only cpu, thats why he have some idle time to clean.

I hope that will help someone to solve problems with this terrible ssd.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 2, 2014 08:21:03 AM

We hate to say it but it but boot screen freezing is usually a tell tale sign that your drive has reached the end of the line. We're doubtful much can be done at this point as you're probably going to need a new drive.

It's tough to pinpoint what may have happened, as this firmware is intended to be used exclusively with MyDigitalSSD drives, but with the numerous complaints we've received from Crucial V4 owners this outcome is not out of the ordinary.
Pro Monday, June 2, 2014 03:06:46 AM
My last resort was to upgrade my V4 64GB to unofficial firmware. They refused to replace or refund. So i flashed this fw, it made my ssd finally working as it should. No more freezes, lags. Thank you.

But after week ssd just wont boot (freezes on boot screen, until i re-install), it is possible thats firmware fault? Or i just coincidence? Trying again now.

Thanks again MyDigitalDiscount.com you are best, way better support than Crucial, i will never buy there again.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, April 28, 2014 08:59:16 AM
David - To our knowledge, MyDigitalSSD has no future firmware updates planned for Bullet Proof series drives featuring the S5 controller.


James - Regretfully we do not support Crucial V4 drives when it comes to using the firmware provided in this post. We are sorry to hear about your slow down though and suggest contacting Crucial directly to see if they have any solutions.
David Monday, April 28, 2014 04:17:27 AM
Hi there,
I have such an SSD, too and am wondering about the latest FW level.
From Crucial V4 I have seen, that there is a newer version S5FAMM25 out. The V4 is based on the same controller like this one.
Are there any plans to provide this newer FW for this SSD, too?
Thanks and kind regards, David
James Thursday, April 24, 2014 06:38:08 PM
I was able to apply this update to the Crucial V4 64GB to the 30 firmware.
I had to unplug every single SATA drive and leave the Crucial one plugged in. Use IDE mode for the SATA in bios and it flashed.

But the drive is very sluggish still. It used to have the S5FAMM25 firmware. Which also had the same issues.

Under windows 8 it says the drive is operating at 100% usage while doing simple tasks. HDD Tach says the drive is working at max 6mb a second while its busy at idle. This sluggish behavior also happened in windows 7 64bit.

I replaced it with a cheap kingston 60GB v300 which was night a day difference over Crucial's 64GB V4.
DschiAr Sunday, March 9, 2014 06:31:33 AM
to JGZ

I had the same problem. I erased the files of firmware S5FAM030 from the (still bootable) usb-stick and copied the files of PhisonFW-S5FAM012 into root. Then boot and act like described in the Tutorial_MyDigitalDiscount_Firmware_Upgrade_Phison_S5.pdf.
My SSD is running without problems

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