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Windows 7: Automatic Drive/Partition Name CAPITALIZATION

01 Jan 2013   #1

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Automatic Drive/Partition Name CAPITALIZATION


One of my external HDDs has 7 partitions. I always give the partitions logical names with small letters, except for the first letter which is capitalized. This allows for easy detection in the Windows Explorer.

2 out of the 7 partitions have names with small letters. However, the names of the other 5 partitions get automatically capitalized, I just cannot get any small letters into their names. Strange thing is that this all happens on one and the same HDD; so it can't be a HDD problem (I think), it's got to be a Win7 issue.

So, how do I switch off the auto-capitalization for the drive/partition names? Or, how do I get small letters into the drive/partition names? Are there any utilities for doing that?

Thanks, Johan

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01 Jan 2013   #2

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Could you check what kind of filesystem all the volumes are?
NTFS file system allows lowercase names, FAT32 does allow only CAPITALIZED names.

A screenshot of your Disk Management would help a lot as well. How to post screenies in this forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2013   #3

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit

That's right, those partitions with names in capital are all FAT, I never even payed attention to the formatting as it was done automatically when setting up the HDD. The drive is a old 40GB test drive and the FAT partitions are all less than 500MiB in size.

I have my doubts what happened during the formatting because there are 3 primary partitions, 2 of them are FAT and the 3rd is NTFS. The 2 FAT partitions have a size of 524,009,472 bytes, while the NTFS partition has a size of 524,283,904 bytes. I cannot at all recall that I have formatted any of those partitions explicitly in FAT!?

Anyhow, I've reformatted one of the FAT partitions into NTFS and, indeed, now the name contains small letters.

Thanks for the help.
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