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That my first SSD bought an year ago http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-60gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b (corsair 60gb LS force)



windows7 with new intel UEFI motherboard

yes I read and know about AHCI(it was enabled)

sata 3 cable

SSD used for "linux root"-only 50GB write and 700GB read(for year in SMART,I read before press "update")


I update fairmware to S9FM02.0 year ago also...all was fine


...yesterday I launch "Corsair SSD Toolbox"

(boot windows from HDD, SDD was unmounted and unused)

it show new firmware aviable-S9FM02.6


I press download->update......

"Fail Update Firmware"(with no error and progress on 0%)

okey...I try press again...again failed


Today I turn on my PC(with this SSD)

and got stuck on "boot logo"

my PC "blink" with "red"(hdd)-led 1 sec delay-blink 1 sec-delay...forever(I wait few mins)


only when I "unplag SATA or power on SSD"-I can boot my PC


I turn on "hot plug" for sata divices in uefi-I boot windows from HDD...

and plug this SDD...red led blink again but windows continue work...only windows "device manager" forever show "detect new plugnplay device"


so SSD not detected in UEFI...


okey I try it on old BIOS(other PC)

BIOS log:


sec master: SATAFIRM S9 S9FM02.0

...and loading process also wont pass farther

...after 30 sec loading continue

SSD detected by bios...but still "red hdd-led" blink same as on UEFI


I can not boot from this SSD on bios PC....black screen forever...look like can not read data

...il try install windows on this bios PC(on hdd)...also will try live linux

I read this thread http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=139254

...maybe more info like this....any way to fix?


so Fact is-"Corsair SSD Toolbox" brick my SSD

its my first SSD....and end like this?

I dont think I ever again use SSD

First firmware(to S9FM02.0) format my SSD...okey

now what"

firmware update by "official tood" kill device????

one year device...when I use 10 year old HDD-s 80-160 GB...and has 0 problem...and SSD 1 year????????

not nice


....ofc will be nice if I can fix it or someone help...


will update latter today with progress....

thanks for reading

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Okey....result after 6+hours of this....



can detect this device by NEW name two screenshots from windows




...and thats all...I do not know how to fix it on windows....




my best result http://pastebin.com/DczJtYYu

[ 4364.782660] ata1.00: ATA-10: SATAFIRM   S9, S9FM02.0, max UDMA/133
[ 4364.782663] ata1.00: 125045424 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32), AA
[ 4364.782968] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133
[ 4364.782980] ata1: EH complete
[ 4364.783149] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      SATAFIRM   S9    02.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[ 4364.783470] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] 125045424 512-byte logical blocks: (64.0 GB/59.6 GiB)
[ 4364.783509] sd 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 0
[ 4364.783511] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Write Protect is off
[ 4364.783513] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 4364.783526] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 4392.190830] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x2 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen
[ 4392.190846] ata1.00: failed command: READ FPDMA QUEUED
[ 4392.190864] ata1.00: cmd 60/08:08:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/40 tag 1 ncq 4096 in
        res 40/00:08:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/40 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
[ 4392.190874] ata1.00: status: { DRDY }
[ 4392.190885] ata1: hard resetting link


and hdparm can "comunicate" with /dev/sde

for read info error is HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Input/output error


only one way I found http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showpost.php?p=574851&postcount=32

this post tell-I need .vic file for "try" upload firemware by hdparm


...but-I has no because "corsair tool" can not detect my SSD...and there no "link" to download firmware...............................................

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BIOS can read even disk size,real size(but disk name still "firmware version" not device name)

UEFI....ca not load if plug this SSD


and I think..................


my SSD stil alive BUT in "firmware install" mode...it waiting for "command" for update or "get back to normal state"

(this stupid "update tool" turn my SSD into "firmware update mode" and when failed DID NOT TURN IT BACK to normal mode(good job DEVS GOOD JOB)




"dos-update-tool" or "linux instruction" from crosfire-devs can fix my SSD

I 100% sure in that

MAYBE they can help me?no?.......


....now I just install linux to HDD and make tmpfs for /(root) ...speed will be same or faster like SSD....brick ssd after 1 year by using official tools....sad story


anyway still ANY HELP ANY INFO will be very nice


...also found this post from 2011 http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=101309 ......no way for me?

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somehow.....this SSD detected by UEFI(as PS3109S9) now with 20mb size....

Linux also start work with it


[   28.655150] ata1: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x4050000 action 0xe frozen
[   28.655153] ata1: irq_stat 0x00400040, connection status changed
[   28.655154] ata1: SError: { PHYRdyChg CommWake DevExch }
[   28.655157] ata1: hard resetting link
[   30.361253] ata1: SATA link up 6.0 Gbps (SStatus 133 SControl 300)
[   30.361403] ata1.00: ATA-7: PS3109S9, S9RBOOT2, max PIO2
[   30.361406] ata1.00: 40961 sectors, multi 0: LBA 
[   30.361538] ata1.00: configured for PIO2
[   30.361542] ata1: EH complete
[   30.361590] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      PS3109S9         OOT2 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[   30.361706] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] 40961 512-byte logical blocks: (20.9 MB/20.0 MiB)
[   30.361740] sd 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 0
[   30.361740] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Write Protect is off
[   30.361742] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[   30.361754] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Write cache: disabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[   30.363835]  sde: unknown partition table
[   30.363959] sd 0:0:0:0: [sde] Attached SCSI disk


sudo hdparm -I /dev/sde


ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number:       PS3109S9                                
Serial Number:      
Firmware Revision:  S9RBOOT2
Used: ATA/ATAPI-7 T13 1532D revision 4a 
Supported: 7 6 5 4 
Logical		max	current
cylinders	160	160
heads		8	8
sectors/track	32	32
CHS current addressable sectors:      40960
LBA    user addressable sectors:      40961
Logical/Physical Sector size:           512 bytes
device size with M = 1024*1024:          20 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000:          20 MBytes 
cache/buffer size  = 1 KBytes (type=DualPort)
LBA, IORDY(may be)(cannot be disabled)
Standby timer values: spec'd by Vendor, no device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 1	Current = 0
DMA: not supported
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 
Enabled	Supported:
   *	Power Management feature set
   *	WRITE_BUFFER command
   *	READ_BUFFER command
   *	NOP cmd
   *	Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
   *	Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
   *	Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
   *	Gen3 signaling speed (6.0Gb/s)
Checksum: correct

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windows also see it but toolbox ignore http://www.zimagez.com/zimage/2dbedbe109c1fe546d8929bfc5a9df76b.php


I try all of this(maybe it help someone one day)

http://www.phison.com/English/ICSpeed.asp?SortID=63 this is SSD controller PS3109S9

and this link http://www.overclockers.ru/files/index.shtml?dir=388 has "Phison toolbox" so....(actualy-this "toolbox" can "see"(work) with "invisible" SSD(when it not in device list in windows) and sent ATA commands(they all fails,but...it send))

http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/how-to-upgrade-firmware-on-mydigitalssd-phison-s9-controlled-drives.html other SSD on same controller(and I try boot from windows PE and install firmware...it gives error)


now I try some magic with hdparm followin

this https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase

and this https://communities.intel.com/thread/26805?tstart=0


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now it change again...no more 20mb "chip" memory


now it show full size on plug....and die

[  814.037725] ata1.00: ATA-10: SATAFIRM   S9, S9FM02.0, max UDMA/133
[  814.037735] ata1.00: 125045424 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32), AA
[  814.038327] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/133
[  814.038343] ata1: EH complete
[  814.038515] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      SATAFIRM   S9    02.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[  814.038981] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 125045424 512-byte logical blocks: (64.0 GB/59.6 GiB)
[  814.039417] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[  814.039429] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[  814.039506] sd 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
[  814.039537] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[  845.020133] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x20 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen
[  845.020145] ata1.00: failed command: READ FPDMA QUEUED
[  845.020156] ata1.00: cmd 60/08:28:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/40 tag 5 ncq 4096 in
        res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
[  845.020161] ata1.00: status: { DRDY }
[  845.020169] ata1: hard resetting link
[  845.339927] ata1: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 310)
[  850.337129] ata1.00: qc timeout (cmd 0xec)
[  850.337145] ata1.00: failed to IDENTIFY (I/O error, err_mask=0x4)
[  850.337150] ata1.00: revalidation failed (errno=-5)
[  850.337159] ata1: hard resetting link


I try use hdparm for even read info data....no responce from SSD



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small update:


this device has Two modes

SATAFIRM S9, S9FM02.0 64Gb (broken mode windows freez uefi can not load etc...no responce to any(standart) ata commands)

and PS3109S9 20mb (device work all OS work and UEFI can load also device responce to ATA commands)


How to switch between them:

I found only way with two PC

First PC-motherboard without AHCI support (it not work(I dont know why) if disable AHCI in UEFI/BIOS on "on PC with AHCI")

Second PC-with AHCI


Boot windows on first PC(without broken SSD) then "hot plug"-in broken SSD(SATAFIRM S9, S9FM02.0 mode) in

launch any Corsair/Phison firmware update tool....it will tell "AHCI not suported"

unplug SSD


Plug SSD to other PC with AHCI

and it start work as PS3109S9(second mode)


...I can not read data from this 20mb(IO error from driver always)

linux hdparm also give IO error on all "firmware"/reset/set commands


so...maybe this PS3109S9 need "special" driver to comunicate....or its simply broken


for turn from PS3109S9 mode to SATAFIRM S9, S9FM02.0 mode-just use any Corsair/Phison firmware update tool on that PC

this software allow you to select PS3109S9 and press update....but it stop on 5% always with random errors

same like in thsi post http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143311


when you power off(unplug) SSD and plug in again-it will be in SATAFIRM S9, S9FM02.0 mode


it work for switch modes back/back/back I test few times(10+-)


so...road to support

end of story for now

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