Running Spinrite on the Readspeed USB stick

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I created a Readspeed USB stick and it boots up fine on all my systems. Then I got to thinking, why not add spinrite to the usb stick. I can run spinrite without any issues, but I still get the B04E error message when it tries to run Dynastat.

I'm just wondering if all the new upgrades will be within spinrite itself or does it have more to do with the boot up software that is on the Readspeed USB stick?

Kerry
 
I think that it will be a bit of both. SR needs updating to handle AHCI and disks larger than 2.2TB. The changes involved then require a slightly different DOS environment, so the boot mechanism also needs changing ( primarily high memory usage).
 
I think that it will be a bit of both. SR needs updating to handle AHCI and disks larger than 2.2TB. The changes involved then require a slightly different DOS environment, so the boot mechanism also needs changing ( primarily high memory usage).
I thought I heard Steve say that AHCI wouldn't be addressed until version 7. I have been buying old computers off of eBay so I can run spinrite in IDE mode with no luck so I'm hoping that 6.1 will do the job. I'm regretting getting rid of all those old computers I had sitting around years ago.