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MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 S9 Controller SSD Firmware Upgrades and Tutorials

MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 S9 Controller SSD Firmware Upgrades and Tutorials
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Synopsis: Download the latest firmware updates and step-by-step upgrade tutorials for MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 mSATA and M.2 NGFF solid state drives featuring the S9 controller in this very post! (Updated with FW Ver. 1.7 on 8/11/14)

To better assist our customers, the My Digital Discount Tech Support team has created new step-by-step tutorials to walk MyDigitalSSD owners through upgrading the firmware in Super Cache 2 (SC2) 50mm mSATA and 42mm M.2 NGFF solid state drives that feature the S9 controller.

The updates found at the bottom of this post serve two purposes:

  1. To upgrade the firmware of an existing drive
  2. To over provision while upgrading the firmware of a drive

If you have an Super Cache 2 SSD running at full capacity and plan to keep it that way, DO NOT run the Over-Provisioning version of this update. Doing so will over provision the drive and there is no going back.

With that said, MyDigitalSSD HIGHLY recommends users to over provision Super Cache 2 SSDs when using them as system drives for maximum drive performance and longevity.

WARNING: Please check your firmware version before downloading and installing any firmware update. If you have a numerical version of similar or higher value to the latest update, you will not need to upgrade.

If you do not know how to check your firmware version. View our quick and simple tutorial on "How to check your SSD firmware version" (PDF, 442KB).


Compatibility

WARNING: The firmware updates found in this blog post are ONLY to be used with the following MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 solid state dive model numbers:

50mm mSATA

MDMS-SC2-024-S
MDMS-SC2-032-S
MDMS-SC2-064-S
MDMS-SC2-128-S

25mm mSATA Mini (Half-Size)

MDMSM-SC2-032
MDMSM-SC2-064
MDMSM-SC2-128

42mm M.2 NGFF

MDM242-SC2-032
MDM242-SC2-064
MDM242-SC2-128

MyDigitalSSD, nor My Digital Discount, will be held responsible for any loss or damage occurred by using this update with any drive other than the MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 series SSDs listed above.


Change Log

Firmware Update Version 1.7

  • Increased compatibility.
  • Fixes visibility in AHCI mode for Windows 8.1.
  • To reduce Power On Ready time and modify initial clean-close condition.
  • Fix read Temperature GPIO5 bug. (For thermal sensor support)

Firmware Update Version 1.6

  • Support Toshiba 1Ynm.
  • Add trim delay parameter for WHQL test.
  • Fine tune HDTune write.
  • Modify CheckFlashType to support 1Ynm multi-Die flash.
  • Add smart id E7 for default.
  • Supporting L84C flash, which enable force L84C one plane.
  • Add thermal sensor support.
  • Add Legacy support.

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DOWNLOADS

Upgrade using Windows PE Environment

This firmware update is geared towards Chromebook users who do not have the ability to hook their Super Cache 2 SSD up as a secondary drive to run the firmware update.

10/8/14

Download the latest update and installation tutorial here.

8/11/14

Recommended Update: Update to FW 1.7, this new version works with FW 1.1 through 1.6.

Firmware Bundle: S9_17_WPE.zip (125MB)
Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S9 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment - S9FM01.7 (PDF)

3/10/14

Firmware Bundle: S9_16_WPE.zip (125MB)
Tutorial: How to upgrade firmware on Phison S9 controller MyDigitalSSD using a Windows PE environment - S9FM01.6 (PDF)

 

Comments on MyDigitalSSD Super Cache 2 S9 Controller SSD Firmware Upgrades and Tutorials

MyDigitalDiscount.com Tuesday, September 2, 2014 04:26:10 PM
tsh,

Please email our Tech Support team at info@mydigitaldiscount.com. They should be able to better help you troubleshoot this issue.
tsh Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:19:44 PM
The updater failed to update the firmware on my 128G drive from 1.6 to 1.7.

I used the WinPE method as I do not have a default Win installation.

This is the output from the updater as I remembered it:
Current firmware: S9FM01.6
Total size: 128G
Firware is the latest!
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, August 18, 2014 08:18:39 AM
atp32,

We like to use CrystalDiskInfo, a free HDD/SSD utility software found in the link below.

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
atp32 Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:38:05 AM
is there any way to check which firmware version my ssd is currently running on?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, July 21, 2014 10:02:40 AM
newBuySSD - If your drive is installed and working properly then you have nothing to worry about. With Firmware version 1.8, you already have the latest FW update and cannot backtrack to 1.7.

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Boris - 1.7 is the most solid and stable version of firmware for the Phison S9 controller to date. If enabling 1.7 disabled features in the BIOS, it was for the protection of the SSD and we would not recommend finding a work around.

We can request it be enabled in new versions of the firmware, but again, that may make the drive unstable for use.
Boris Friday, July 18, 2014 03:31:02 PM
Set disk password disappeared from my lenovo t440s bios after updating FW 1.3 to 1.7.

Any chance to get it back?
I know bios password can't be set if ssd switched to OPAL mode (https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T440s-Disk-Password-cannot-be-set-in-Bios/td-p/1354729), could that be the case? And if yes, is there an utility to switch back to ATA security mode?
newBuySSD Thursday, July 17, 2014 02:23:45 AM
Hi, I just purchased the 64 super cache 2 m.2 drive.. Installed fine.. but I am wondering if I need to upgrade the firmware.. I am a little concerned with the previous comments.. my firmware says S9FM01.8 right now.. should I Update it to 1.7?
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 30, 2014 08:53:21 AM
Dimo,

We're sorry to hear that you're having trouble. Unfortunately, there's no workaround we can hand you to fix the drive on your own and we would need to setup an RMA.

The good news is that our turnaround time when it comes to replacing a drive is fairly quick even for international customer such as yourself (roughly 2 weeks from when you put it in the mail).
Dimo Friday, June 27, 2014 03:24:55 AM
I am having exactly the same issues as K and Adrian.
After attempted FW upgrade to 1.07 on an SC2 128GB drive the drive name changed to changed to PS3109S9.
FW version is now 8GRBOOT and device capacity is 0 GB. The utility doesn't allow for another update attempt. Do you have a solution that I can attempt locally?
I wouldn't like to RMA since sending it to the States and back is going to take quite some time.
MyDigitalDiscount.com Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00:39 PM
Zen - Our Tech Support team is currently working with another customer regarding the same issue. If you would like to be included in their findings, simply contact info@mydigitaldiscount.com.

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vincent - Please direct your question to our Tech Support Team via email to info@mydigitaldiscount.com. When writing them, please include a CrystalDiskInfo screenshot (free download available in the link below) to help them better diagnose this issue.

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html


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