spinrite (probably freedos) not in boot list

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Apr 7, 2024
I've created flash drives and DVDs with what should be bootable Spinrite images, but none of them show in the boot list on my DELL. I even tried a flash drive with just FreeDos and nothing. Flash drives with linux installs and the MS Windows Media Creation tool all show up in the boot list and work fine. What is it about an image with FreeDos that keeps it from showing itself. (DELL Inspiron 3020 S with BIOS 1.12.0)
Google tells me this is a new Dell Inspiron DT with Windows 11 on It. That means it is certainly UEFI booting. UEFI and FreeDOS are incompatible. FreeDOS requires legacy/DOS booting.

And as it is new, it likely does NOT support the CSM legacy boot option in its BIOS emulation. :(
By all means, please follow the link Colby provided for information on how to verify this!