Not Able to run Spinrite 6.1?

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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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Apr 4, 2024
Hi...I am new to this Forum but a Security Now listener for many years...I just followed all the steps to do a bootable USB drive and install Spinrite 6.1...I went into my Bios and the USB showed up with Spinrite in the Bios but I can not click on the USB to run Spinrite? Inside of the Bootable USB drive is a file the says EDIT and when opened reads "This App can't run on your PC"
My system is as follows ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) Gaming Laptop. 15.6" 300Hz IPS FHD. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. AMD Ryzen 9 5900Hx, 32GB DDR4. 1 TB SSG with Windows 10...
What am I doing wrong?
Thx for any help
USB showed up with Spinrite in the Bios
In order for SpinRite to boot on your PC, it needs to be capable of Legacy Booting and have it enabled. It probably arrived pre-installed with Windows, and has Secure Boot enabled and the CSM disabled. I didn't find specific info about your model, but maybe this will help
Inside of the Bootable USB drive is a file the says EDIT and when opened reads "This App can't run on your PC"
Yes, the files on the SpinRite media are 16-bit applications exclusively for running under FreeDOS and 32 bit (more more likely 64 bit) Windows can't run them, and thus gives this error message.

You can also check out the explanation at (or even also try this utility, although it's meant to let you know in advance of buying SpinRite if your PC will boot it)
Paul... Wow! If what you found on Reddit is true, it must be that the base system has CSM (kinda)... but not support for it base video... so an external source of video is needed. Wow it true.