SpinRite 6.1

  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    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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  • 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.

    The participants here, who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience, their successes and some frustrations with booting their computers into FreeDOS, have created a valuable knowledgebase which will benefit everyone who follows.

    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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When SpinRite 6.1 is eventually released it will run on DOS, either FreeDOS or MSDOS. No other OS required.
So making a FreeDos USB drive will work? Looks like FreeDos does support SSH, sadly it doesn't come with Screen. Isn't FreeDOS and MSDOS considered an OS?
So making a FreeDos USB drive will work? Looks like FreeDos does support SSH, sadly it doesn't come with Screen. Isn't FreeDOS and MSDOS considered an OS?
Yes, making a FreeDOS USB drive should work. Yes, FreeDOS and MSDOS are "mini" OS'es. I was thinking of a higher level OS. I have edited my previous post for clarity.
Isn't FreeDOS and MSDOS considered an OS?
DOS => Disk Operating System.

It comes down to your expectations of an OS. Most people equate an OS with the interactive user experience (i.e. graphical user interface GUI) but the OS is basically responsible for providing services for developers of applications on the platform.

In any case, SpinRite 6.1 should be more or less identical to SpinRite 6.0 in this regard. It will arrive as a dual binary, it will run under Windows to help you prep a bootable USB/CDROM/etc. Then the same executable will run in the FreeDOS environment it prepped (or you can prep your own FreeDOS.) SpinRite 7.x will change all this up, but that won't be for at least a year or more, I expect.