Well, I tried the latest beta of PING, and I came up with a list of bugs, feature requests, and comments from a 1st time user.
#1, why reboot every time? A bit ridiculous, I will be "sort of" watching the screen every few minutes, and then a reboot occurs with no exact reason. I guess when PING does something, it reboots when done. Why not show what has been done, and let me either do something else from the menu or reboot of my own free will? It makes me assume that either things went well or they didn't.
#2, my hard drive was being replaced with another one, hence why I used PING. But when a bad sector was encountered (that was going to be read and re-read a few times) PING just gave up. Strangely enough, the first time it happened was on a backup in which partition #1 had bad sectors and 4 seconds into the backup, it switched over to backing up partition #2! I knew something was up, so I continued testing. After I saw this behavior more (sometimes it would get 5% or 50% of the drive backed up before switching to the D: drive) I understood the issue. I ran SpinRite 6.0 on the bad drive to repair it. Then, I booted to Windows and ran the drive manufacturer's fix program, which marked a lot of bad sectors for me. Then, back to PING which finally backed up the C: drive along with D: -- a long ordeal.
So bad sectors are a big stopper for PING. I guess if only one partition was involved, it would have rebooted (see #1) and I would have thought the backup was complete! Consider if 75% of the drive was backed up and I never knew this since PING would have rebooted and I would have had plenty of files on my network share.
#3 When doing a restore, I guess I can only restore to the first drive? There is no choice where to restore. So if I had backed up to a local drive and then wanted to restore to a local drive, isn't possible to accidentally restore to the wrong one? Especially since a reboot might have confused me?
#4, When I typed in a bad share password, I had to reboot. There was never a prompt to retype my password, just to retype the share folder. It would be nice if the program looped back to allow you to retype any and all erroneous stuff -- in case I typed a bad IP address or share name, too.
#5, I wonder if you could log data to the share folder? Or somewhere? I mean, the PING screen shows a lot of stuff, like partition sizes and stuff. Why not send this to a TXT file? I wrote my stuff down, and glad I did. This way, we can verify the size of partitions, fix any problems, whatever.
#6, the login was a bit odd to the commandline. Sometimes, it wanted me to type root, sometimes not. One odd time, I got a commandline with ALL CAPS FOR EVERYTHING. I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. IT WAS LIKE YELLING AT MYSELF OR THE COMPUTER. But other times, the login was more normal. Since I have never used Linux, I really didn't know what all to do with the power. If I knew how to see partitions or format a drive, I might have. Would be nice to list a few of those niceties in the login screen MOTD or in the HOW TO for PING.