I knew the day would come...

  • 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.
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    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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    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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himemsys

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I am a retro PC hobbiest. I have fully running computers from the MS-DOS days, including a 486/66 and Pentium PC. The 486 started off with an Intel 33Mhz cpu soldered to the mainboard. It was upgraded via upgrade socket to a DX2/66. The Pentium started off with a 120Mhz cpu, was run overclocked at 133Mhz for awhile, then upgraded to a Pentium Overdrive processor running at 200Mhz. Both systems have pretty old, spinning hdds. Not quite period correct, but still 20+ year old hdds. I've maintained these drives with SR5.5 and SR6.0. Out of curiosity, I tried running SR6.1 on them and both would not work. I can't remember the exact message SR6.1 gave me, but it was related to the age of the systems.

I'm quite fine with this as SR5.5 runs well on these systems, but I knew this day would come sooner or later!
 
Out of curiosity, I tried running SR6.1 on them and both would not work. I can't remember the exact message SR6.1 gave me, but it was related to the age of the systems.
Yep. This was by design. I wanted to take advantage of some of the advances that have been made since those (really) old days. And since all 6.1 owners will always have access to 6.0 and 5.0, I felt that was a workable tradeoff. (y)
 
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