"Like everyone who makes his living from computers, I'm
always getting called on by friends and family to help them fix
their PC problems. Thanks to the Gentoo Linux-based SystemRescueCD
though, I'm usually able to fix most of their troubles without
breaking a sweat.
"SystemRescueCD, like the name suggests, is a system rescue
disk. You can use it either as a bootable CD-ROM, USB stick, or
even over a network connection. While you can use it as a desktop
in own right, its real job is repairing crashed systems. In
particular, with its disk and file system repair tools, it's great
for bring dead hard drives back to life."