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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, December 10, 2012 08:08:36 AM
Verbatim user,

Verbatim uses the Phison controller, the same controller found in select MyDigitalSSD drives.

While not the absolute fastest on the market, the Phison controller runs much more efficiently, meaning it takes less voltage which results in longer battery life when using it on a laptop and also a lesser chance of the unit overheating. This also results in the drive lasting longer.

Basically, you have the choice of paying more for a drive that will perform a little faster with a higher chance for failure or paying less for a fast, reliable, and energy saving SSD like Phison offers.

When it comes to conventional use, the only way you'd really notice the speed difference between Phison and another controller-driven SSD is if you spent all running bench tests.
Verbatim user Thursday, December 6, 2012 07:44:10 AM
thanx a lot for this update for FW30!
Now it is running fine and does not "hang" in Windows.
Though, it seems to me that other SSD offer much more speed.
Only 5 MB/s for"4k" in benchmark is rather bad. Why do other SSD offer here a value of around 100 MB/s?
Is the HW so bad from verbatim?
Meiter Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:25:25 PM
Hi, I updated my 64GB Intenso SSD from S5FAM017 to S5FAM030.

seq: 251 ; 192
512K: 157 ; 170
4K: 11 ; 43
QD32: 71 ; 51

seq: 250 ; 194
512K: 157 ; 156
4K: 10 ; 43
QD32: 70 ; 44

there ist noch effect from 012 to 030.

Intenso 64GB SSD with Phison.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:46:26 AM

Yes, you can. We've tested Windows 8 in-house and you should have no problems with installation. Enjoy!
Rene Monday, November 12, 2012 09:07:51 PM
Hi, if I do a firmware of the disc, can i install windows 8 with out problems? any one on w8 with this firmware? Thank you
Klaus Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:43:27 AM
FW-Update 030 works great!
After backing up Systemdisk C: with Acronis True Image 2013 the firmware update was done within round about 30 seconds. After restore performace is explicitly better than with my old firmware 012.
Thanks for your work and support. Great!
Friendly regards,
costasaiko Friday, October 26, 2012 01:08:12 PM
Thanks to all of team and users that send their experience, now i´d upgraded to FW30 my Verbatim 120gb black edition. But until that you provide didn´t work, every time saying no valid sata. Then i instaled other disk in other socket with windows 8, and instal with WinPE from verbatim , but first i made a backup with acronis backup software.
(thanks to FRENCH) ``You can update to 030 using the windows PE method of 017 (or booting with an other disk in Windows, jut not use the SSD you want to update as system drive and make sure your are in AHCI mode)
here is the windows (PE) 030 firmware (it is from verbatim, but it is the same for all drives with Phison controllers)


Know i´ve a new disk, no more lags.
Fabrice Thursday, October 18, 2012 04:56:20 AM
Bonjour, j'ai changé d’ordinateur et miracle cela à marché !
Merci pour votre firmware efficace !
MyDigitalDiscount.com Wednesday, October 17, 2012 08:36:16 AM

When updating your Firmware, what you need to do is backup your information, settings, and data because upgrading will erase your drive. Backing up a copy of an older FW update will not be necessary as 030 is the best Firmware to have for your drive.

While we do have links to previous FW versions on this post, the only one you will need it 030.

Abraham Tuesday, October 16, 2012 02:21:50 PM
Hi, how do I make a backup of my SSD firmware. I would really like to make a backup before updating the SSD firmware. I have S5FAM016 and can't find a copy anywhere on the internet.

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