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Windows 7: Drive name limited to 11 characters

01 Aug 2013   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Drive name limited to 11 characters

How can I use a drive label name longer than eleven characters?
(as restricting as Win95 days)

Have looked at Drive - Rename. My thumb drive name needs about 3 more characters

Thank you


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01 Aug 2013   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

NTFS volumes can have a volume label of up to 32 characters. The FAT32 file system limits volume names to 11 characters. There isn't room to store more.
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02 Aug 2013   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thank you "LMiller7" for your response.
Would there be any merit in reformatting the thumb-drive to NTSF ?
And then reloading my files onto the thumb-drive.
Would the source have to be NTSF or could the source be FAT32 ?

... OR ... is my idea dead in the water ...

Thank you
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02 Aug 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Open up an Elevated Command Prompt. Click on in type CMD . Right click on CMD under Programs (1) choose . On the User Access Control window click on the Yes button . Command Prompt opens up to C:\Windows\System32>_

Inside the command prompt window type in the command below

Convert X: /FS:NTFS
press [Enter]

Note   Note
Change the letter X to your actual drive letter
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02 Aug 2013   #5
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thank you "VistaKing" for such a quick response

Your suggestion is my first CMD adventure. (A little apprehensive)

Would this reformatting apply to thumb-drives and external HDDs ?

Will WinXP PCs tolerate the NTSF external drives (Files: TXT, media, autocad) ?

Thank you
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02 Aug 2013   #6
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

NTFS is better than FAT32 in many ways (can also store files bigger than 4 GB), but not all non-computer devices can read it. If you care about connecting it to a TV or some other device (phones/tablets through USB OTG), check if it is able to read NTFS filesystems.

EDIT: NTFS is fully usable by XP and newer Windows, it's Read-only on Mac, it works fine on Linux.
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02 Aug 2013   #7
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
Thank you "VistaKing" for such a quick response

Your suggestion is my first CMD adventure. (A little apprehensive)

Would this reformatting apply to thumb-drives and external HDDs ?

Thank you
Your drive will not be formatted it just converts the file system from FAT32 to NTFS
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02 Aug 2013   #8
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thank you "bobafetthotmail"

My computers are vegetarian and free range, they don't smoke.
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02 Aug 2013   #9
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing
.. just converts the file system from FAT32 to NTFS
I thought my Win7 (32bit) Toshiba Satellite laptop system is already NTSF ?

Sorry for being a little dumb.
Will "bobafetthotmail" process alter the external drives or the file system on the laptop?.
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02 Aug 2013   #10
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

clarifying post 4:

when you write

Convert X: /FS:NTFS

you need to write the drive letter of the drive that will be converted in the place of the X.

So, if your USB drive is drive F: (check from My Computer) you need to write

Convert F: /FS:NTFS

Ok?

Don't worry about sounding dumb, CMD is a powerful tool, don't do stuff unless you are very sure you have understood everything.

And yes, any windows operating system from XP onwards formats the hard drive as NTFS during installation, so the laptop's own drive is already NTFS.
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