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  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
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    Dear Guest Visitor → Once you register and log-in please checkout the “Tips & Tricks” page for some very handy tips!

  • BootAble – FreeDOS boot testing freeware

    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

    GRC's “BootAble” freeware allows anyone to easily create BIOS-bootable media in order to workout and confirm the details of getting a machine to boot FreeDOS through a BIOS. Once the means of doing that has been determined, the media created by SpinRite can be booted and run in the same way.

    The participants here, who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience, their successes and some frustrations with booting their computers into FreeDOS, have created a valuable knowledgebase which will benefit everyone who follows.

    You may click on the image to the right to obtain your own copy of BootAble. Then use the knowledge and experience documented here to boot your computer(s) into FreeDOS. And please do not hesitate to ask questions – nowhere else can better answers be found.

    (You may permanently close this reminder with the 'X' in the upper right.)

It seemed obvious that sqrl was the way to register here. :cool:
I've been a lurker in the newsgroups (esp. spinrite.dev) but following along on my system (Gateway PC with 1TB Samsung SSD and a 2TB WD spinner). Everything is working so far. It has been enlightening and informative to see it all get worked out. I will stay lurking in the newsgroups and wait to see what develops over here.
No worries here old school login and captcha, I did try before the forums were announced in the groups but looked like things were still being set up at that time
Greetings Steve! I had no problems with the registration other than the confirmation email falling into the junk section of my inbox (Had to mark as 'Not Junk') :) -- Tom.
In my case, the SQRL forum is asking me to register. It is as if I was never there. Maybe Steve is working out some bugs.

OK! The problem was me. I have one laptop that I use for various testing which happens to have a test setup of SQRL that I forgot about. Well, I setup my account here using this laptop. Needless to say, I ended up using the wrong identity. :(

I was able to resolve this mistake by replacing my connected identity with the correct one. lucky for me I still had the rescue code for the test identity. All hail to SQRL and all the forethought that went into it.
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Thanks for making the new forum so that folks like me, who lurked the newsgroup, can finally post and contribute to the conversation. I never took the steps needed to become involved over there. I realize this doesn't replace it (yet), but I feel like I am more welcome! SQRL worked good for me too.
Yay! My first membership using SQRL. I've had SQRL installed for months but this was my first opportunity to use it. The sign up process here was awesomely simple. I do like that you confirmed my email address too.
Heh, just like TDillon this is my first membership using SQRL. I too had it installed for months. I goofed because I couldn't remember where I'd stored my original SQRL data so I had to use my rescue code. It worked. I've created a bootable DOS thumb drive using InitDisk and I next want to get ReadSpeed and check that out. Looking forward to the SpinRite 6.1 update.
Nice to see you here, Jeff! I KNOW that you've been quite busy over in SQRL land! (y) I was able to use the client we have to test the SQRL logon here last week. So thanks again so much for that! (y)
Yes! (y) Thanks, Jeff! Your present IOS client always amazes me when I watch it work. I've also tested it here on this forum. It just plain works!
This 'welcome' thread should be stickied, so it stays at the top of the posting chart.

Edit: I just noticed there is a second thread with the same name that does appear to be stickied, so never mind...:)
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Good day,

I'm glad to be registered and did it with SQRL, there is some magic in all this.

This forum engine looks awesome, thank you for this.

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