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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

MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, September 30, 2013 08:45:58 AM

What you've described will require some troubleshooting. Please email this issue to tech@mydigitaldiscount.com for assistance.
Cyril Thursday, September 26, 2013 01:38:31 PM
I Need some help. I followed the pdf tuto and when I type ISP:
- It scans and says "Choose Device : 1.SATA 0 (Master): FW:S5FAM014 ,Model:SATA SSD"
- Then appears "Check Device Ready ..." and it waits until timeout and says "Wait Busy Time out!! Please check Device or Port Address is correct"

I'm doing that on an Asus 1201N, booting on a pen drive. My SSD is in and I selected IDE in BIOS. I also tried in AHCI just in case but then it doesn't even detects the ssd.

any clue ?

MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, September 16, 2013 11:29:36 AM

You are correct about the partition realignment, it's almost the same as writing zeros and starting from scratch. Nothing is ever quite as efficient as the secure erase and reinstalling everything but the realignment is certainly a time saver resulting in a similar outcome.
Laurent Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:52:06 AM
Dear @MyDigitalDiscount.com, 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...
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, August 12, 2013 07:22:03 AM

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 01:21:25 PM
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 03:53:18 PM
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.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, July 9, 2013 08:25:12 AM

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 03:41:01 PM
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 06:32:14 PM

I did upgrade on my dell E6400 on ATA controller mode and everything has gone fine. SSD use verbatim 128gb.

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