How to upgrade firmware on Phison S8
Tutorial – How to upgrade firmware on
Phison S8 controller MyDigitalSSD
Version 1.4
This tutorial will walk you through how to create a bootable USB drive and how to
apply the newest firmware 4.6 to your Phison S8 controlled MyDigitalSSD.
- WARNING -
THIS FIRMWARE UPGRADE WILL ERASE YOUR SSD
MAKE SURE TO BACK UP ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Checklist:
USB Drive, PC that supports mSATA or the mSATA-to-SATA adapter, a PC that supports IDE or
Compatibility mode, and a MyDigitalSSD drive featuring the S5 controller, pictured here:
Step 1: Downloading the files you'll need.
My Digital Discount has included everything you need in 1 download located in the link below.
Link: http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/downloads/S8FW46.zip
Extracting:
1. Download the file located at the link above. (Total size: 3.4MB)
2. Open the file using WinZIP, WinRAR, or most versions of Windows 7 will simply open the
file in a folder.
3. Create a new folder on your current desktop. Rename the folder ‘Boot Disk.’
4. Highlight all the files in the ZIP file and drag them to your ‘Boot Disk’ folder you just
created on your desktop. *You may close the ZIP program.*
5. If you open your new folder ‘Boot Disk’ you should see the following files:
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Step 2: Creating a MS-DOS USB drive with HP Format Tool to install the
firmware update.
BEFORE STEP 2: The user must make sure the computer they are using to do this upgrade can
boot from the USB port. Most new computers will have this feature. See Step 4-B
Step 2-1. HP Format Tool Software:
a) The only program in the root of the ‘Boot Disk’ Folder we created is a freeware program
that allows you to create a bootable MS-DOS USB flash drive. Install the program with
the file name ‘HPFORMATTOOLSP27608.exe’ by double clicking on it. This process should
take less than one minute.
b) The new icon for this program should look like this on your desktop:
c) Insert a blank USB drive into your computer and open the HP Format Tool program. The
program should look like this:
d) The ‘Device’ should be set to the blank USB drive, everything else should be exactly the
same as I have it above. Set to FAT32, ‘Quick Format’ and ‘Create a DOS startup disk’
should both be checked.
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e) Next we need to use the ‘BootFiles’ located in our ‘Boot Disk’ folder we created on the
desktop, click on the ‘…’ button on the HP Format Tool program pictured below.
f)
This will bring up the following screen:
g) Navigate to the ‘Boot Disk’ folder on your desktop and single click on the ‘BootFiles’
folder to select it, and press the ‘OK’ button.
h) Press the ‘Start’ button on the HP Format Tool.
i)
You will now get a warning indicating all the information will be erased. Say ‘Yes.’
j)
Depending on the size of the USB Drive it should only take 5-10 seconds to complete, the
2GB USB drive used for this demonstration formatted in 5 seconds and displayed the
following screen.
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k) Click ‘OK’.
l)
Click the ‘Close’ button on the HP Format Tool and you now have a MS-DOS boot disk.
Step 3: Putting the necessary files on the new boot drive.
a) Open the ‘Boot Disk’ folder from your desktop and navigate inside the ‘FWFiles’ folder.
Also open the boot drive you just created. Highlight, drag, and drop all the files onto the
root (main) folder of the new USB drive you created. When you are done your USB drive
should have the following files on it:
b) Your boot disk is now officially complete.
Step 4: Making sure your BIOS is set up correctly on your computer.
A. Making sure the computer is in IDE / Compatibility mode.
I.
Turn your computer on and enter into the BIOS. This is different depending on
your computer, but the most common key triggers to get you into the BIOS are
‘delete’, ‘F2’, or ‘F12.’ The opening screen should tell you how to enter setup; if it
does not, and none of the keys work, you may need to contact the laptop
manufacturer or consult the notebook manual for this information.
II.
Because all manufacturers use different BIOS, this may be difficult to find.
Search around the BIOS for something that states some variation of ‘SATA
operation mode,’ or IDE configuration. The choices should be IDE, RAID, AHCI,
or Compatibility Mode. On most new computers it should be running on AHCI. If
your BIOS DOES NOT HAVE this option, there is a good chance your computer
runs exclusively on IDE, and you will be able to upgrade this SSD without a
problem.
III.
After making sure the computer is running in IDE or Compatibility mode, Save
and Exit the BIOS.
B. Making sure your computer can boot from the USB drive:
I.
Shut down your computer. Plug in the thumb drive.
II.
The easiest way would be if your computer gives you a choice to do a ‘One Time
Boot’ when you first turn on your computer before it starts to boot into Windows.
It should say some variation of ‘Press <F11> to load boot menu.’ Unfortunately
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there is no default key that will bring up this menu, it will be different on most
computers, and you may want to contact the laptop manufacturer or consult the
notebook manual for this information. If your computer has this capability, you
may skip direct to ‘Step 5.’
III.
Turn your computer on and enter into the BIOS. This is different depending on
your computer, but the most common key triggers to get you into the BIOS are
‘delete’, ‘F2’, or ‘F12.’ The opening screen should tell you how to enter setup; if it
does not, and none of the keys work, you may need to contact the laptop
manufacturer or consult the notebook manual for this information.
IV.
In most BIOS’ you will see a tab that indicates ‘Boot’ ‘Boot Sequence’ or ‘Boot
Device Priority’
V.
Make sure the first boot device is the USB drive. After saving this you may restart
the computer. NOTE: The USB drive must be plugged in before entering the
BIOS to be able to choose this option.
Step 5: Applying the firmware update:
NOTE: THIS WILL ERASE YOUR DRIVE. BACK UP ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION
BEFORE PERFORMING THIS TASK
1. Make sure your computer is shut down completely.
2. To avoid additional steps and errors, remove all other hard drives and solid state disks
except the MyDigitalSSD Phison S8 controlled drive.
3. Insert the bootable USB drive we created into a USB slot and boot from it. All computers
will have different interfaces, but these are what the boot screens look like on the two
computers I was able to upgrade the firmware on. (Lenovo X220 and Compaq Presario
CQ60)
4. This tutorial will continue on the Lenovo X220 Laptop. F12 was the quick key for this
specific laptop in order to get to the screen above.
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5. Choose the USB drive and within 2-5 seconds you should see an MS-DOS prompt like the
one pictured here:
6. Simply type in without quotes ‘ERSN0803’ as pictured here:
7. The computer will think for 20-40 seconds, pictured below:
8. If the scan is successful, the next prompt should look one of 2 possible scenarios
depending on your configuration:
Scenario #1 : The program will not need an address and identify your drive
immediately, in this case you will see the screen below.
Read the text carefully and type without quotes ‘Y’ and the erase will begin. You may
move on to step #9
Scenario #2 : The program will need a specific address and you will see the following:
Type in the following using the address result from your computer that will be in the
same format as mine above: Format: (command) (address) (placement) Without quotes
‘ERSN0803 0x1f0 –slave’
NOTE: Placement can be either slave or master, which will be evident as it is above.
After typing the above command, you will be prompted to continue the same as Scenario
#1. Read the text carefully and type without quotes ‘Y’ and the erase will begin. You may
move on to step #9
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9. The program again should take 20-40 seconds, and if all is well, the screen should be
displayed as follows:
10. Next, depending on the Scenario you experienced in Step #8, type one of the following.
*If in Step #8 you were able to move forward with Scenario #1, simply type without
quotes ‘S8FM046.’ Move on to Step #11
*If in Step #8 you were able to move forward with Scenario #2 simply type without
quotes ‘S8FM046 0x1f0 –slave’ Remember to replace my address information 0x1f0 –
slave with your own. Move on to Step #11
11. The next screen will look like this below:
Read the text carefully and type without quotes ‘Y’ and the firmware upgrade will begin.
12. The program again should take 30-50 seconds, and if all is well, the final screen should
be displayed as follows:
13. Press the power button to shut down the computer and start your reconfiguration as if
the drive were brand new.
14. Done.
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