SpinRite 6 'Some of this drive's items will be troublesome' message when selecting drive.

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Right after selecting a drive with space, I get the following message.
This happens to me on 3 different drives, 2 defective drives and 1 that Is working correctly.

(using imgur because forum limitations)

My drives have multiple partitions ext3, ntfs, swap, but mostly ext4.
Every single drive gives me the same message when I try "flip the selection on".
SR shows no other partitions on these drives. Like in this image in this other image , keep in mind there is a drive there that works perfectly.

Another details are:

* SR anywhere from 5 to 30 mins discover drives when starting SR in mode 2
* Arrows and esc seem to be ignored or take around of 2 minutes be detected (and sometimes it is not detected, extremely frustrating to debug).
* Space is instantaneously
when moving the cursor to select drives and partition (the cursor takes like 2 minutes to react to the up and down arrows)
* I am running this on a old celeron system, but I another system with an i7 to figure out if its somehow an old hardware issue.
 
Well, the first thing to be aware of, is there is no official support for SpinRite here on these forums at this time. If you wish official support, you need to follow the process indicated on the GRC website. ( https://www.grc.com/support.htm )

In any case, this will not be a problem with SpinRite 6.1, as it doesn't attempt to understand partitions like SpinRite 6 does. SpinRite used to allow to write the logs onto the same drive it was running against, so needed to understand the file system (thus the partitions) but SpinRite 6.1 will not do this. SpinRite 6 doesn't understand modern GPT partitions, and neither does it work with drives over approximately 2TB in size.

If you're interested in SpinRite 6.1, it *should* be available soonish... maybe in the next 3 months. It's been in testing since the start of the year, and has been progressing well, but it's not yet declared safe to use on data of value. If you want to take your chances, check for other posts here on how to join the newsgroup where @Steve does his testing. (That is the only means which is available to get preliminary access, please don't ask here for help bypassing Steve's requirements.)
 
Well, the first thing to be aware of, is there is no official support for SpinRite here on these forums at this time. If you wish official support, you need to follow the process indicated on the GRC website. ( https://www.grc.com/support.htm )

In any case, this will not be a problem with SpinRite 6.1, as it doesn't attempt to understand partitions like SpinRite 6 does. SpinRite used to allow to write the logs onto the same drive it was running against, so needed to understand the file system (thus the partitions) but SpinRite 6.1 will not do this. SpinRite 6 doesn't understand modern GPT partitions, and neither does it work with drives over approximately 2TB in size.

If you're interested in SpinRite 6.1, it *should* be available soonish... maybe in the next 3 months. It's been in testing since the start of the year, and has been progressing well, but it's not yet declared safe to use on data of value. If you want to take your chances, check for other posts here on how to join the newsgroup where @Steve does his testing. (That is the only means which is available to get preliminary access, please don't ask here for help bypassing Steve's requirements.)
Thank you for your reply.
Support suggested I ask on the forums, I guess it never occurred to me that there was a spinrite-only forum/community.
 
spinrite-only forum/community
Yes, the newsgroups are a great group (if I do say so as a member) of folks dedicated to testing the alpha versions of SpinRite, and also provide feedback to Steve on ideas he proposes when he needs to make a change to the operation/UI.

If you're interested it participating, the starting point is https://www.grc.com/discussions.htm and there you can also peruse some of the recent posts via a web interface. You do need to follow the instructions there rather carefully if you wish to be able to post. (Particularly the specifications on how to set your "password".) Steve recommends his chosen newsreader (Gravity, which he tweaked to work better.) I prefer the open source XanaNews as it seems friendlier and easier to use.

It's my understanding that Steve intends to have support available for 6.1 here on these forums once 6.1is finally generally available. At that time, @Greg, Steve's support person will also be participating here, I believe. Also, as a registered owner of 6, your update to 6.1 will be included at no extra charge. There is also a version 7 on the horizon, probably a couple years out (at a guess) that will support NVMe and USB devices and will no longer require DOS (and will work with UEFI,) but that version will not be a free upgrade, but will still probably be less expensive for existing owners than for people acquiring a new license.
 
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