Easy2Boot project

  • 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!

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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.

    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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IgorK

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Oct 9, 2020
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First things first, I’m not affiliated with this project anyhow. I’m just a user and Spinrite 6 is one of my boot options on my swiss-knife USB that uses E2B.

https://www.easy2boot.com/faq-/how-e2b-works/. The project is using GRUB4DOS in very interesting way, maybe it will give some idea on booting on MBR or UEFI.
 
@IgorK I am looking to add a Spinrite image to my Ventoy multi-boot USB. Cannot get it to work. Maybe you can tell me how you got E2B working with Spinrite?
 
Are you able to boot a DOS boot image with Ventoy? I've never succeeded in getting any DOS image to work with Ventoy.

I don't use E2B, but I do use Ventoy and Yumi -- yet another multiboot tool (https://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/). I have no trouble booting Spinrite and other DOS boot images with Yumi, but Ventoy just won't do it. So I submit it's not a Spinrite issue, it seems to be some kind of limitation with Ventoy. If you can figure out how to get Ventoy to boot to DOS, it should be trivial to add Spinrite to the mix.