PING Community Edition
PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost) is an open-source and completely free distribution of Linux derived from the Recovery Is Possible (R.I.P.) operating system and designed from the ground up as a viable solution for backing up and restoring disk partitions.
It’s distributed in multiple editions
The project is distributed in multiple edition. While the Community Edition is freely distributable, the Business Edition of PING is available for purchase for the sum of 30 EUR (40 USD).
It can be downloaded as minimal Live CDs
The Community Edition of PING can be downloaded directly from its official website as a minimalist Live CD ISO image that must be burned onto a CD disc or written on a USB thumb drive in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC.
What’s PING? How does it work
PING is a rescue/recovery/backup Live CD image that allows system administrator and regular users alike to backup and restore disk partitions or file from damaged drives to a network share. It can also be used to restore or backup BIOS data.
When booting the Live CD from the BIOS of a computer, you will encounter a boot prompt that will automatically start the live system in approximately 3 seconds. You’ll arrive to a screen where you have the choice between accessing the distro’s interface or a shell prompt.
The text-mode interface is very easy to use. It can be configured to automatically shutdown or reboot the computer, as well as to open root shell when the job is done. You will be able to choose where to save the backup (network share or local partition).
What else PING can do for me?
With PING you will be able to start a PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) server or RIS (Remote Installation Services) environment, blank local admin's password, partition and format disk drives, and much more.