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Windows 7: Names of external drives not shown in Windows Explorer

07 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Names of external drives not shown in Windows Explorer

I've named my thumbdrives and eSATA HDD but in Windows Explorer the thumbdrives appear as "Removable Disk" and the eSATA HDD as "Local Disk".
(Named my thumbdrive "VALSTOCK" and eSATA HDD "MEDIA-STOR" back on XP)

Their names show up fine on XP PCs and MACs but not on my 7 PC.
But their names do show up in Disk Management on the 7 PC.

Also I can't rename the drives, they stay as the names above.
But I can rename the internal drives, at least that of C drive as the rest got back the names I gave them when I was on XP.

Tried searching around and found similar problems:
Can't change names for external hard drives - Windows 7 Taskforce
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07 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi iron2000,

Here's some thoughts:

1. Can you rename files on this drive. I had a similar problem where the drive name wouldn't show and I noticed that my files were read only. So I wrote a script to fix it, it's attached in case it fixes your issue.

2. Take a look at this posts that shows a possible problem with portable apps if that is installed on your USB

3. Can you rename them through the disk management module?

4. Are you logged in with rights to rename drives?

5. Are the drives readable, I know that my USB's appear as Local Disk if they are corrupt.

And a couple of long-shots, worth while mentioning, but I expect you'll rule them right out.
1. Run chkdsk /R /X on them to check that they are sound
2. Ensure all drives are de fragmented so that windows resources are clear.


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File Type: bat CLEAR_READONLY_ON_DRIVES.bat (4.8 KB, 77 views)
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07 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

1. Files can be renamed
2. There are no portable apps installed
3. Hmm, the name changes in disk management but remains the same in explorer
4. How do you check this? But I did rename my C drive successfully.
5. They are readable

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!!
Ok, I figured it out!
Just remembered that I used a program call "Ninja Pendisk" in XP.
It adds a hidden folder named "autorun.inf" to prevent malicious autoruns.

I deleted that hidden folder, eject, reinsert and the drive name showed up again!

Solved!

Thanks for the quick reply, Tim
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08 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iron2000 View Post
1. Files can be renamed
2. There are no portable apps installed
3. Hmm, the name changes in disk management but remains the same in explorer
4. How do you check this? But I did rename my C drive successfully.
5. They are readable

====

!!
Ok, I figured it out!
Just remembered that I used a program call "Ninja Pendisk" in XP.
It adds a hidden folder named "autorun.inf" to prevent malicious autoruns.

I deleted that hidden folder, eject, reinsert and the drive name showed up again!

Solved!

Thanks for the quick reply, Tim
Great! Glad it's all fixed.

I have another batch file that I use to add a custom hidden autorun.inf and disable the drive autorun function. I can post it if you want a Windows 7 replacement for your Ninja Pendisk.
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11 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Do post it please!
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11 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iron2000 View Post
Do post it please!
Here it is, it's originally written by the Trend Micro support team. I can't remember if I made any changes to it or not, so I'm giving all props to them.
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