With the flash card inserted, right click on that drive and choose
properties. In the General tab, near the top, there should be an empty box.
Type the label there. All cameras and OSs allow 11 characters upper case,
but many allow more characters and mixed case. Just below where you type
the label it may show the format type, like Fat or Fat32. If Fat, don't use
more than 11 characters. After you label it test the flash card in your
camera by taking a few pictures and bringing it back to your computer. If
the camera has not changed the label and the pictures are OK, there isn't a
problem. I suppose if the camera doesn't like the label it will ask you to
format the flash card. Experiment.
"Rick" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi -- thanks for this. How do I label my individual flash cards? Right
> now when I plug in a card, the name stays as "Removable Disk", just as it
> was before I inserted it. Is labeling a card always done as part of the
> process of formatting them? Right now I always "format" them by just
> deleting all photos off the card when it's in the camera.
> Very much appreciate the help I'm getting here.
> "Paul Randall" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> "Rick" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
>>> after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
>>> 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
>>> in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
>>> couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
>>> the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be
>>> off when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.
>> 'Safely remove hardware' is typically used to unplug a USB hard drive or
>> USB card reader and some but not all other USB stuff. It makes sure no
>> software has a 'hold' on anything related to that USB port, then disables
>> the port. The computer won't see any changes to that port until you plug
>> something into that port (meaning unplug the current thing and plug in
>> the same or different USB device).
>> 'Eject' is used to remove a flash card from a card reader. It verifies
>> that no software has a 'hold' on the flash card but does not disable the
>> If your flash card slots are built into your computer, you can't unplug
>> the slots and replug them in, so DON'T use 'safely remove hardware'. Use
>> Typically you will be in the computer window (the window formerly known
>> as my computer) when you do this. With no flash cards plugged in, one or
>> more of the flash card slots will have drive letters associated with
>> them, each typically labelled 'removable device' but it varies from one
>> computer to the next.
>> Flash cards emulate a disk drive which can be formatted and can have an
>> internal label. Depending on your camera or how you format the flash
>> card, the label may be blank or have the flash card brand or camera brand
>> or other info.
>> When you plug a flash card into a slot on your computer, the label
>> typically shows up in the computer window, but of course this varies from
>> one computer to the next. If the flash card is unlabeled or blank, it
>> typically shows up as 'removable device', or no change from when nothing
>> was plugged in to that slot.
>> My recommendation is to make sure your flash cards have unique labels so
>> you can tell them apart and so that you can see in the computer window
>> that they are plugged in. When you want to unplug them, right click on
>> them in the computer window and choose eject. When it is safe to remove
>> them the label displayed in the computer window will change to 'removable
>> device' or whatever your system displays when that slot is empty.
>> -Paul Randall