• SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
  • Be sure to checkout “Tips & Tricks”
    Dear Guest Visitor → Once you register and log-in please checkout the “Tips & Tricks” page for some very handy tips!

  • BootAble – FreeDOS boot testing freeware

    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

    GRC's “BootAble” freeware allows anyone to easily create BIOS-bootable media in order to workout and confirm the details of getting a machine to boot FreeDOS through a BIOS. Once the means of doing that has been determined, the media created by SpinRite can be booted and run in the same way.

    The participants here, who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience, their successes and some frustrations with booting their computers into FreeDOS, have created a valuable knowledgebase which will benefit everyone who follows.

    You may click on the image to the right to obtain your own copy of BootAble. Then use the knowledge and experience documented here to boot your computer(s) into FreeDOS. And please do not hesitate to ask questions – nowhere else can better answers be found.

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  2. I (or rather, my company) own, where I write my cybersecurity blog for non-technically-inclined small business owners.
  3. Listened to “Security Now” for at least 9 years and NEVER miss an episode. But my kids and wife groaned that it is the most boring podcast in the entire universe whenever I played it in the car. 😴
  4. I’m gifted at explaining cybersecurity to your grandmother to the point that she’ll understand what I’m talking about. 🤣
  5. I have a friend who was traumatised by alleged hacker(s) so badly that at one point, she was literally afraid of touching her iPhone. She is still convinced that her iPhone was hacked, but I’m sceptical.
  6. I have a business associate who had her identity stolen. She wasted 6 months of her life to fix up the mess, including dealing with lots of government and corporate red-tape.