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)
Well, thanks... This thread is for me and My original Microsoft Surface Book. It gives me a reason to wait and buy 7.0 in the future.

I am a long-time listener and 2008 Licensee of SpinRite6.1. I would be happy to test it when it comes time. I have stopped buying storage on Amazon since they seem unwilling to fix the issue with the numerous fake storage products on their site and app. Your products are the best from ValiDrive to SpinRite! Keep up all that you do for the tech community...