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There is no time line as we have not started work on the next version
of SpinRite. Stay tuned!!
The "legacy" option in the BIOS is one solution for SATA drive compatibility.
The others are . . .
Booting from real MS-DOS . . .
If you have a floppy drive (if not skip down to make a CD or further
down to make a USB key) . . . from within WinXP you insert a blank
(or erasable) floppy diskette into the A: drive, you can then
right-click on the A: drive in explorer and choose format. In the
format dialog box there should be an option to "Make Disk Bootable"
or possibly "Create MS-DOS Boot Disk". Choose the option you see and
you will then have a bootable DOS diskette.
Once created, copy the SPINRITE.EXE file you already have. Then
after you boot clean and get to the A: prompt,
type spinrite to start the program manually.
Making a boot CD . . .
If you have a CD-R drive, you can get an ISO image of a "Windows 98
SE Boot CD" here . . .
Once created, boot with the above CD and then once at the DOS prompt
put in the SpinRite CD and type spinrite at the DOS prompt to
start SpinRite manually.
The A: prompt is a pseudo prompt. During the boot process, just
above the A: prompt, there is probably a listing for the CD-ROM
drives. Which ever letter it shows (in my case it shows F:), that is
the drive you need to switch to first, then put in the SpinRite CD
and type SpinRite at that prompt.
Making a boot USB key . . .
If your system can boot a USB device, here is some basic instructions
for making a bootable USB key.
HP makes an easy to use utility called HP USB Disk Format Tool, which
includes a "Create a DOS Startup Disk" option. It's available for
free download at
<http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197> along with the
Windows 98/DOS boot files
You can use the HP tool and point it at a directory where you unzip
the DOS boot files and it automatically builds a bootable DOS USB key
using those files. Then, copy the SPINRITE.EXE file to that
device. Once done, reboot the system and at the DOS prompt,
type spinrite to start SpinRite manually.
Lastly, one of the below options may help . . .
Many BIOSes have a setting to limit the speed of modern drives for
backwards compatibility reasons. So you should poke around your
system's BIOS screens to see whether your drive settings are all set
to "AUTO" and/or the appropriate drive speed.
One other solution may be to move the drive to a different
system. Relocating this drive to a different system or perhaps just
to a different controller in the same system and running SpinRite may
resolve the issue. Once done, the drive could be returned to
original system or controller for normal use.
If that is not possible, we would suggest would be to make sure that
the hardware (motherboard, drive controllers, etc.) in your system is
using the latest BIOS or firmware version.
Finally, you might try is to see if the drive manufacturer has their
own proprietary software to test/check their drives. We have seen
some cases where the manufacturers own software can force the drive
to repair itself . . . in which case then SpinRite would be able to
keep the drive maintained, etc.
Finally, we do offer a free eMail service
<http://www.grcmail.com/mail.htm> to which Steve sends periodic
updates and news of important events. You can easily add, remove, or
edit your "custom profile" to specify which sorts of eMail you wish to receive.
Thank you for your cooperation, time and patience.
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