Agreed!You do not need to use the stand-alone InitDisk to run ReadSpeed.
When you run "initdisk" without any parameters, it only wipes and formats the USB drive. To make it bootable, you need to run "initdisk /freedos" which will then also install FreeDOS.I was able to create and run Readspeed on a Cruzer Glide 16GB USB without issue. When I run InitDisk (downloaded 1/5/21) and follow the same instructions, the USB does not act as a bootable device. Thoughts?
Meant this from the perspective of why would you use InitDisk.exe with the freedos command and copy the RS.exe file not what's the point of the rs.exe file in general.Because some of us don't run Windows, and need the rs.exe to put on a boot disk created in Linux.
I used ReadSpeed to create a bootable USB drive and then copied SpinRite to it as well. I ran ReadSpeed, then when it was done, I tried to find out if SpinRite had any command parameters or switches by typingHowever if you are doing RS/SR testing you're better off just using the ReadSpeed.exe to create your bootable USB as that will contain the required files.
C:\> spinrite /?
Go to https://www.grc.com/sr/faq.htm and follow the "How do I make a bootable USB thumb drive??" instructions to make an MS-DOS, not freedos, bootable USB drive. Then put whatever executables you want on it.I used ReadSpeed to create a bootable USB drive and then copied SpinRite to it as well. I ran ReadSpeed, then when it was done, I tried to find out if SpinRite had any command parameters or switches by typing
C:\> spinrite /?
I saw a help screen, but couldn't go anywhere after that. Esc didn't work either, and neither did Alt+Ctrl+Del. I had to physically power off the PC in order to reboot. Is there a way to make a bootable USB where I can run either program one after the other and still get back to the C:\> prompt?
Yea, I already said I have a bootable drive, but thanks anyway.