Surface Pro 6 wouldn't boot to USB

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Ed Zucker

Sep 29, 2020
I couldn't get my MS Surface Pro 6 to boot to USB. After messing around with the BIOS all I got it to do was corrupt its boot sector. It was easy enough to correct this with the built in recovery tools. At this point I declared it the victor and moved on. Has anyone got ReadSpeed to work on a Surface Pro tablet?
Unfortunately, none of the Microsoft devices have ever supported Legacy Boot. This means ReadSpeed (and by extension SpinRite 6.x) will not boot on them because there is no BIOS compatibility (necessary for booting DOS (or FreeDos in the case of ReadSpeed and SpinRite 6.x .))
The trouble is that there are machines which have never been able to boot and run MS-DOS (even Microsoft's) because they do not have a BIOS, they use "UEFI firmware" to boot operating systems. So this was not something that the move to SpinRite 6.1 was able to provide. But it will be one of the primary benefits of SpinRite 7 and beyond! (y)