Software Smart Options

Smart Options
The Smart Option suite of utilities is designed to make Greystone’s Datafast hard disk duplicators more productive and useful. The Smart Option utilities are not part of the standard DataFast features; they are available as separate order options.

NTFS Smart Option
Copies only the data on an NTFS partition from the source to target drives, which greatly reduces the time required to duplicate disks with the Microsoft Windows NT file system. For example: a 2GB partition requires approximately 8 minutes to duplicate and verify in the standard NTFS Partition Mirror copy mode that is part of all Greystone IDE duplication products. The NTFS Smart Option will enhance the duplication process by only copying the data from the source drive to the target drives and NOT copying blank sectors. A typical 2GB partition with 500 MB of actual data will take less than 2 minutes to duplicate and verify using the NTFS Smart Option. About 6 minutes is saved with the NTFS Smart Option. Using a NTFS source drive with a data load that is 20% the size of the NTFS partition, it is possible to duplicate approximately 25 drives using the NTFS Smart Option in the same time it takes to duplicate 5 drives using the standard NTFS Partition Mirror copy.

Sector Copy Smart Option

The Sector Copy Smart Option provides for duplicating specific source drive sectors to specific sectors on one or more target drives DF5.

Secure Erase Smart Option

The Secure Erase Smart Option enables the operator to use the disk drive manufacturers internal drive electronics to self-erase the contents D-105, DF5, and DF1.


NOTE: To order any of these software options, please go to the "Buy Now" link under the appropriate product information page.

Wipeout Smart Option Enables target hard drives to be completely "sanitized" (erased), in accordance with the Department of Defense document DoD 5220.22-M specifications. The only higher security measure recommended is the use of a hammer-"pulverization of drive like as: D-101, D-105, and DF5. Except DF1- call for discontinued products".

Partition Smart Option
Enables full control over the selection of drive partitions for duplication from the source drive to target drives. The Partition Smart Option can be used to select one or more partitions from the source drive to be duplicated to the target drives. The partitions can be resized and/or reordered on the target drives; each target drive configuration can be determined independent of the other target drives. With this option, a source drive can be constructed to contain many different software loads, each of which can be duplicated independently to target drives like as: D-101, D-105, and DF5. Except DF1- call for discontinued products.

Database Smart Option
The Database Smart Option records all duplication information in a database format that can be imported into many popular database programs for analysis and job tracking. The type of information recorded is name of job, drive types, drive serial number, number of MBs copied, time and date of job, duplication method, job completion status, and time to complete job like as: D-101, D-105, and DF5. Except DF1- call for discontinued products.

Linux EXT- 2/3 Option

The Linux EXT-2 Option will allow the DataFast unit to copy the data found in the EXT-2 file table to be copied to the target/s while ignoring empty or unused sectors DF1 and DF5.

HPA Smart Option

Supports the duplication of the Host Protected Area which may include Technical support files, password protect, etc. (DF1 and DF5).


Enables Serial integrated hardware interface connections (DF5).


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