Step 1:- The initial interface of Stellar Smart. This interface contains two panes; the first pane lists all the hard disks with their ‘Model No’, ‘Serial No’, ‘Temperature’, and ‘Status’, whereas the bottom pane consists of 10 tabs, specifying different SMART parameters.
Step 2:- Upon clicking the ‘Disk Info’ tab you get a window, which is again divided into two parts. The top part i.e. ‘Hard Disk information’ contains the basic information about the disk that you have selected from the first pane. The hard disk information part is again divided into two parts, ‘Disk Information’ and ‘Advance Information’. The bottom pane of the ‘Disk Info’ tab lists information about all the partitions or logical volumes present in the selected hard drive.
Step 3:- Select ‘Scan Hard disk’ tab to scan the hard disk for bad sectors. Select the hard disk and click ‘Start’ to start the scanning process. The bad blocks in your disk are represented by red color, whereas the healthy area is by green. Total bad area found in your hard drive is shown at the bottom of this window. Moreover, you can stop the scanning process at any moment. However, stopping the process means that you have to start the scanning afresh.
Step 4:- Clicking on the ‘Temperature Graph’ tab of the top interface, you get a graphical representation of the temperature of your hard drive. The red line specifies the temperature at which, the software is scheduled to shut down the system. The yellow line is there to warn you, and the green line indicates the current temperature of the system.
Step 5:- With the help of ‘Scheduler’ tab, you can schedule process to check your hard disk for problems and keep the log report of all the activities. Make the changes according to your requirement and click ‘Apply’ to save these changes.
Step 6:- The ‘SMART Info’ consists information regarding various hard disk attributes related to its proper functioning. When the value of these attributes becomes greater than or equal to the threshold value, the software starts issuing warning messages related to the hard disk failure.
Step 7:- To create the exact replica or mirror image of your hard disk, you can use ‘Clone Hard disk’ option of the software. With this feature you can paste the contents of a fatal disk to a healthy disk. For this, you have to select a destination disk on which, you have to create the clone of source disk; however, the destination disk must have storage capacity greater than the source disk.
Step 8:- To understand the CPU usage and the data transfer rate of the hard disk, you can use the ‘Benchmark’ tab of this tool. Click ‘Start’ to start generating benchmark graph. In this graph, the blue line indicates the data transfer rate to or from the hard disk. The unit of measuring the data transfer rate is MBPS or megabits per second. The green line indicates the CPU usage in percentage. Through the slider, you can set the rate at which the graph is generated.
Step 9:- You can use ‘Settings’ tab to issue warnings against unsafe temperature rise, shut the computer down, if the temperature reaches to the critical stage, and send notifications at disk error situations. Click ‘Apply’ button to apply these changes.