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Date:      Fri, 21 Aug 2020 19:07:31 -0700
From:      David Christensen <>
Subject:   Re: very slight OT: creating a *bootable* MSDOS7 memstick
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On 2020-08-21 16:17, Aryeh Friedman wrote:

> Buying a new/used computer is simply not worth it; perhaps you missed the
> fact there is *NO* data I need to recover from the drive. I only want to
> revive the drive it self in order to save a trip to the store which would
> itself take 5 hours. (I refuse to buy hardware mail order).   If I do end
> up going to the store I will be buying a drive for around $50 that is twice
> the capacity of the one I am attempting to unbrick.
> To repeat: I need a MS-DOS7 machine for likely no more than 10 mins to
> revive a SSD and that's IT!  The only reason I need DOS7 at all is the
> drive's firmware can only be repaired/upgraded with the above program.
> Once I do that I don't need MS-DOS7 for anything.   Let's add something
> else is the program does not work on anything newer than XP thus it is
> unlikely installing something newer (something that can only be done once I
> repair the drive) on the machine (the one I am currently writing this reply
> on BTW) will also work (read catch-22, since the goal is to make my current
> FreeBSD machine dual boot with the repaired drive).

> Spend $100 to fix a $30 drive (sounds really smart to me!) and then never
> use the thing I spent $100 on ever again!.... And yes I know where to buy a
> used machine *IF* that was the right answer.

> I would be spending several hundred in time *AND* money if I took any part
> of your advice and for what to revive a $30 drive that may or may not be
> revival.. and you call me insane??!?!

Your OP and messages up to my first response did not make the above 
points.  Given your signature, I thought the SSD was for business use 
and you absolutely, positively needed to run the *.exe.

So, forget the *.exe, recycle the SSD, and be done with it.

If and when you buy another SSD, a challenge will be finding a model 
whose manufacturer provides diagnostic tools that do not require 
Windows.  (I need to support Intel and Samsung SSD's, and AFAIK all 
their tools require recent editions of Windows.)  If anyone knows of 
such SSD's, please post links.


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