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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.


-MyDigitalDiscount.com

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

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
MMike Friday, March 7, 2014 01:39:13 AM
This is awesome, I had a corsair nova2 60gb, which one day just stopped working. I tried to no avail to get it running again. No matter where or how I connected it, it was showing up as only the controller name ps3016s5 with a 2 megabyte capacity. I was getting ready to throw the drive away, and then stumbled upon this website, and saw that there is active development for the phison controller. I figured what the hell, my drive is dead anyway, so I copied the tools to a usb, ran the firmware flash program from DOS, and it failed after performing a few checks.

So I restarted, headed into bios, now the ssd name was not even there, so i laughed figuring I just hosed the drive.
......Then, I booted into win7 ( 840pro :] ) and next thing I know windows has detected and initialized a new disk......what????
I head over to disk management and there she is, a 59.5gb unallocated SSD ..... no way.... So I converted to MBR, formatted a simple volume, ran some benchmarks.

I don't know what the hell was wrong with the drive, but corsair is a fail, I'm never giving them a dime. They left me hanging with a broken ssd that was just 3 months old. no support, no remedy, nothing other than "RMA it, and we'll try to replace it"

anyway much love for all the people who documented, trialed and shared their knowledge. Can only send the sincerest thanks.

I hope others also are able to succeed in fixing their failed drives with the same controller.

and many thanks to MyDigitalDiscount.com , you guys truly rock!!!
Vinicius Lopes Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:10:47 PM
Just used your firmware on my Corsair Nova 2 and it's running at full speed again! Thanks for the amazing firmware!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, February 10, 2014 09:00:48 AM
JGZ,

Unfortunately, being a Verbatim drive, we can not honor any sort of warranty. That being said, because it has a Phison controller, there is a chance we may be able to reconfigure the drive by performing a hard reset. This involves sending the drive to us to perform the reset plus a $30 service charge.

Please note - In doing this, the information on the drive will not be recoverable and there is no guarantee it will in fact make your drive recognizable again.

We would suggest contacting Verbatim directly to see if there's anything they can do first and using the reset option above as a last resort.

If you would like to try the reset, email our tech support team at info@mydigitaldiscount.com and they will help set everything up.
JGZ Friday, February 7, 2014 04:05:26 PM
Had an error during upgrading process (Firmware 30). My SSD is a Verbatim 64GB. The drive is not recognized anymore (within Windows 7 on another PC). I cannot use the Firmware-Upgrade-Tool anymore - there is an error during "Preformat Device ...0%".

Is there anything i can do? Maybe a firmware upgrade force or repairing? Restoring an older version of the firmware is not possible (not recognised under Windows PE oder same error with older dos firmware).
Peter Tuesday, January 7, 2014 05:48:33 PM
Thank you for this page with fw download and instructions. I just updated my damm VERBATIM 128 gb Sata II SSD drive with the version ...30. Update went well, it says PASS. Cuttently my win 7 installation is re-clonec back on the drive using ACRONIS hdd clone feature. thank good i had a spare Sata hdd drive to intermediate clone and store my win 7 installation on. thx Guys you made my day! Peter
THANK_YOU Thursday, November 21, 2013 06:21:37 PM
I just updated my crappy corsair nova 2, I will make intensive test and return here to comment de results. I'm sure ANYTHING would be better than how it was before...
lukas Saturday, November 16, 2013 01:52:13 PM
just wow. Finally my corsair nova2 works fine. I could not to upgrade official firmware by corsair update tool because this app didn't see the hard drive. Thank u very much :)


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