Gibson Research Spinrite II and MS-DOS 5.x/6.x (73291)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22

This article was previously published under Q73291


Gibson Research produces a low-level formatting utility called Spinrite II. Spinrite II versions 1.1 and 2.0 are compatible with MS-DOS 5.x, 6.0, 6.2, and 6.21 in most cases.

According to Gibson Research, Spinrite II version 2.0 is essentially the same as version 1.1, but it contains fixes for a few obscure hard drive controllers. Version 2.0 was released in March of 1991, and can be identified by a serial number on the opening screen starting with the letter D or a subsequent letter (that is, D-Z).

Spinrite II version 1.0 is not compatible with MS-DOS 5.0 and later. This version can be identified by serial numbers beginning with the letter B or C.


Spinrite II version 2.0 is available from Gibson Research as a free upgrade for customers with earlier Spinrite II versions.

For information on appropriate means to low-level format your drive, contact your hardware manufacturer or drive manufacturer.

Spinrite II is manufactured by Gibson Research, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 5/12/2003
Keywords: KB73291