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    Drive Name Change
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    Drive Name Change

    How to Rename a Drive in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to rename a drive to whatever you want it to be displayed as in Vista.
    Tip   Tip
    If your default drive name is missing or was changed and you did not do it with the methods below, then look for a hidden autorun.inf when you open the drive letter in Computer and right click on the autorun.inf file and click on Delete. Next, approve the deletion.

    EXAMPLE: Before and After Hard Disk Drive Rename
    NOTE: This is in the Computer (Start menu) window. (METHOD ONE)
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    EXAMPLE: Before and After DVD Drive Rename
    NOTE: You will notice that for Devices with Removable Storage there is no Rename option when you right click on the device. (METHOD TWO)
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    METHOD ONE

    For Hard Disk Drives
    1. Open the Start menu.

    2. Click on the Computer button. (See screenshot below)
    Drive Name Change-normal_start_menu.jpg
    3. In the Computer window, right click on the drive and click Rename. (See screenshot below)
    Drive Name Change-computer.jpg
    4. Type in a name you want to be displayed for the drive and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
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    5. Click on Continue in the Access Denied prompt. (See screenshot below)
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    6. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    7. When done, close the Computer window.



    METHOD TWO

    For Devices with Removable Storage
    Note   Note
    For example, a DVD drive. This will also work for all the other drives with drive letters too.
    CREDIT TO: Member: AvatarOfTheShip
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. Click on Continue button in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer
    5. In the left pane, right click on explorer.exe and click on New and Key.
    Drive Name Change-explorer_reg.jpg
    6. Type DriveIcons and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

    7. In the left pane, right click on DriveIcons and click on New and Key.
    Drive Name Change-driveicons_reg.jpg
    8. Type the drive letter (EX: E) you want to change the drive name for and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

    9. In the left pane, right click on the drive letter (EX: E) and click on New and Key.
    Drive Name Change-e_reg.jpg
    10. Type DefaultLabel and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

    11. In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify.
    Drive Name Change-defaultlabel_reg.jpg
    12. To Change the Drive Name
    A) Type in a name (Ex: My DVD) and click OK. (See screenshot below step 13)

    B) Go to step 14.
    13. To Restore the Default Drive Name
    A) Leave this empty and click OK. (See screenshot below)

    B) Go to step 15.
    Drive Name Change-modify.jpg
    14. The registry should look similar to this now. (See screenshot below)
    Drive Name Change-finished.jpg
    15. Repeat steps 9 to 14 if you want to add another drive letter icon to change.

    16. Close regedit.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Drive Name Change

    Updated 2-8-2008 to include METHOD TWO for devices with removable storage, like a DVD drive.

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    Very nice!

    Ideal for seperating physical and virtual DVD drives!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    You're welcome RexNoctis, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    Thanks to Member:AvatarOfTheShip for providing the tip in Method Two.

    Shawn

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    I have 2 virtual CD/DVD drives that I use for mounting ISO images. They show up in
    windows explorer as
    (S: DVD Drive
    (T: DVD Drive

    I applied the method 2 registry changes to rename to Virtual Drive. The results were
    (S: DVD Drive - Virtual Drive
    (T: DVD Drive - Virtual Drive

    It appended the registry key name to the existing name. Is there any way to completely rename the drives so that it will appear as
    (S: Virtual Drive
    (T: Virtual Drive

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    Hi Dennis,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Not that I'm aware of. I could only get to add the name to the end too.

    Sorry,
    Shawn

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    I experience the same problem as dennisthemenace with the DVD drive/virtual drive.
    But it works fine for my multi card readers and ReadyBoost USB key.
    It does not work for the card reader of my networked printer (I.e.: a mounted drive from a networked location)

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    Hello OgeGOon,

    I'm sorry, but it does not work with virtual drives or printers.

    Shawn

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    Renaming DVD/CD ROM Drives

    My question is:

    I changed the names according to the directions in the post. Now I have something that looks like this: DVD RW Drive G: Dell DVD Burner or DVD RW Drive I: Samsung. I want to get rid of the beginning part, DVD RW Drive. Is it possible?

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    Re: Drive Name Change

    Hello Homeuser,

    Sorry, but not that I am aware of with removable drives.

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