Bootable SpinRite USB Fails

  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    Guest:
    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.
    /Steve.
  • 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!

    /Steve.
  • 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.

    (You may permanently close this reminder with the 'X' in the upper right.)

Derek Hamilton

New member
May 12, 2023
2
0
I created a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 SpinRite bootable disk using the SpinRite 6.1 (3) program. When plugged into either my USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 or Type C port, and selected in the UEFI boot menu, SpinRite does NOT boot up.
 
@Derek Hamilton : What @miquelfire said was correct. This is why there will eventually be another SpinRite (v7) which will boot its own operating system (RTOS-32) on machines using either BIOS or UEFI firmware. Today's SpinRite v6.1, like all SpinRite's ever, is still a DOS application and DOS will only run on machines using BIOS-based firmware. Due to the incompatibility of machines using UEFI firmware, many such machines have retained the ability to boot as a BIOS using “Legacy Mode” or “CSM” mode where CSM stands for “Compatibility Support Module” — Compatibility as in "with BIOS booting".

So, before you give up, check that machine's pre-boot firmware settings. You MAY find, as many others have, some mention of enabling BIOS or CSM or “Compatibility Mode”. <fingers crossed> SpinRite 7 will resolve these problems, but we are quite a long ways from there today!
 
I created a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 SpinRite bootable disk using the SpinRite 6.1 (3) program. When plugged into either my USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 or Type C port, and selected in the UEFI boot menu, SpinRite does NOT boot up
What @miquelfire and @Steve have said is correct. UEFI booting and SpinRite 6.1 are not compatible. :(

That said, please take a look at this article for a "possible" solution for you: