Closed Pre-Release 5.02

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Fixes: A bug introduced by 5.01

I introduced a regression error into pre-release 5.01. It causes SpinRite to miss some errors from the drive. Since this is not what we want, everyone who has pre-release 5.01 should replace it with 5.02.

As always, you may obtain this update as before by going to GRC's Pre-Release page, entering your SpinRite license serial number or transaction code and clicking the link to obtain your personal pre-release copy. You'll see that this updated release identifies itself on screen as “pre-release 5.02”.

You'll also find that release candidate 5 of the combined Windows/DOS SpinRite is also available there. Note that this does not contain the most recent DOS SpinRite code. It also contains release 5.00. So, until we get to release candidate 6, you'll need to copy the most recent DOS code to your SpinRite boot media.

Thanks, all!