User group workflow got me playing in Crossover for Mac to boot SpinRite6.0

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Scott3

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MacMad had a blog "
How cool is this!
read thru it a couple times, left question w MacMad but no response yet.
I knew SpinRite used a freeware DOS bootable, so I bought SpinRite to try and install and boot off a virtual drive to work on early 2009 iMac 9.1 internal HDD, which still boots fine after software maintenance routines.
Got virtual drive with SpinRite.exe inside, on mac side boot volume desktop using Codeweaver's Crossover, and SpinRite's first screen. But cannot figure out how to launch Spinrite from virtual drive, from inside Crossover's bottle? When double clicking on SpinRrite.exe in Crossover bottle, it launches a windows/wine (not sure which) window, I point it to .exe, and it keeps complaining that there is no windows app to launch the .exe when I point crossover to virtual drive (same problem pointing Crossover to .iso, and .img) ...
I'm installing SpinRite into Crossover bottle as "unknown app" because no one has built CrossOver install script for SpinRite. All previous windows apps ran straight from Crossover bottles when double clicked:E-sword, Winimg, Magiciso, imageburn. I will submit SpinRite to Codeweavers later this evening.
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AlanD

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There has been a discussion on this in the Spinrite development newsgroups and Millq has developed a downloadable disk image which works on Mac's that can boot from CD.

The latest iso seems to be available at
 

PHolder

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To be clear, there is no point trying to get SpinRite to work inside of any Windows emulator, as all it does when it runs under Windows is create boot media. You need a boot environment that looks and works like DOS (or FreeDOS.) This is the CD @AlanD mentioned (as I understand it, I have no experience with SpinRite on Macs.)
 

Don51

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I have been able to boot to FreeDOS on a 12 year old iMac, and start SpinRite. But since it has a usb keyboard, SpinRite dows not progress past the opening screen.
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AlanD

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I believe that the disk image mentioned above has solved that problem. I know there were comments during the build process about various fixes specific to the Mac.