6.1 development releases

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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I think a few weeks ago, there was a comment by Steve that he's switch tracks for the development to make Spinrite a functional (in the sense it does what people want it to), and that there's a page somewhere on GRC that you log into to get the copies now (kinda like how you would get another copy of 6.0 if you lost the last one you had)

All copies that were in that link were non-functional, mainly just testing the new drivers to see if they worked (and handle the edge cases using them would bring up)
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SpinRite development releases to date are limited to detecting, enumerating, and benchmarking drives.

SpinRite development is a ways away from actually touching data.

Steve is presently working on a Beta 1 release (for registered SpinRite owners only) that will be limited to scanning drives and reporting the results.

Development will be very slow from now on as Steve wants to be sure as he can be that SpinRite 6.1 will be as safe as possible.
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Thanks for the info. I'm at the point where my next move is accepting data loss and trying to format the drive to recover it as a functional drive. If there's any beta that gives me a chance to recover anything more, I'm in a position to test where losing data isn't a concern.
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