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Windows 7: Unable to rename Disk Label of an External HDD


06 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 
Unable to rename Disk Label of an External HDD

Okay, I have a 150GB FAT32 External Hard Disk. It shows up as 'Local Disk (J:)' in My Computer. I right-clicked it, and renamed it to 'T4 (J:)' but it still shows up as 'Local Disk (J:)'! I tried various names but still it shows up as 'Local Disk (J:)' in My Computer.

So I went to 'Disk Management' to try and change the label from there and, what do you know, Disk Partition (J:) shows 'T4 (J:)' !!!

So, what I want to know is, why isn't the label showing up properly in My Computer when it is correct in 'Disk Management'??

Hoping for a quick reply,
T4


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06 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

See this tut. Option 1 would be most relevant I think.

Drive - Rename
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06 Mar 2011   #3

 
 

You may want to try it using the following process...

1, Open Computer, right-click the drive & select Properties

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2, Type what you wish to call it in the box, click OK and accept any UAC prompts

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It could be that the standard rename might not be getting full administrative rights


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08 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
You may want to try it using the following process...

1, Open Computer, right-click the drive & select Properties

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2, Type what you wish to call it in the box, click OK and accept any UAC prompts

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It could be that the standard rename might not be getting full administrative rights
Didn't work
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08 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Hey, it turns out that this could be an 'autorun.inf' error. I think that the 'autorun.inf' of my HDD has a parameter like 'label=Local Disk' or something similar.

But now, the problem is that I can't access 'autorun.inf' at all. No rename, no delete, no edit. I tried changing it's attributes from an elevated command prompt but still no luck. No matter what I try, in the end I get an 'Access is Denied' error.

Soooooo......any ideas?
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08 Mar 2011   #6

 
 

You could try

Command Prompt at Startup

and see if it'll allow you to delete the file from there
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15 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
You could try

Command Prompt at Startup

and see if it'll allow you to delete the file from there

It still says 'Access Denied'
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18 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

AARGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just formatted my extHDD (to remove the autorun.inf file) but the damn thing still refuses to let its label be changed!! What is happening here?!?!?!?
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18 Mar 2011   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Have you checked any ownership issues. A tutorial on taking ownership -
Take Ownership Shortcut

Also you can't have a partition >32G for Fat32. Your HDD is 150GB !
Convert a hard disk or partition to FAT32 format
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18 Mar 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Perhaps since you have formatted the HDD and that didn't work, you should try a wipe, clean all to secure erase the entire HDD, have a look at step #7 in this tutorial at the link below.


Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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