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Windows 7: Internal Hard Drive name defaults to "PenDrive"

01 Nov 2009   #1
conticreative

Win 7 - Mac OS X - Linux
 
 
Internal Hard Drive name defaults to "PenDrive"

I just installed a new internal hard drive that I called "Medusa" (the others are Apollo, Zeuss, etc. I like mythology) but the first time I restarted the computer the name and had changed to "Pendrive" and the icon is now a folder.

When I try to change the name, I get an alert that I need to give permission. I do and rename the drice Medusa again, yet after I click on the permission the name reverts to Pendrive.

When I look at the properties, the name there is Medusa, as it should be.

What is going on with this hard drive? Even my external drives do not behave like this and the otehr internals are fine too.

Thank you.


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01 Nov 2009   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

When renaming the drive did you simply right click on the drive's icon in an explorer window or go into the Disk Management tool?

If you simply right clicked on the drive's icon to rename it the change wasn't fully seen and put into effect. When right clicking on the drive in the DM however the option for labeling the volume will be seen there. Following a full restart once the drive is labeled while in the DM you shouldn't see any further problems.
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01 Nov 2009   #3
conticreative

Win 7 - Mac OS X - Linux
 
 

Tha nk you for your replay. In the Disk Management Tool there is nothing to change. The drive results as "Medusa", the name I'd like to give it (although, at this point I'd take anything other than "Pendrive")

It's only in Windows explorer==> My computer that the name and Icon reflect the Pendrive name.

Since this happened, I restarted at least 5 times but the Pendrive name is sticking. On the network the drive results as Medusa as it does in the properties and the disk management.

Again, when I try to change the name in WE I do get the alert that I need admin access, it accepts it and then promptly ignores it.

It's getting a bit frustrating.

Otherwise, my experience with 7 is much better than it was with Vista. I love the "libraries" concept. The only thing so far that I find annoying is the size of the icons in the start menu. I'd like them much smaller (the size of win classic).

Thanks
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02 Nov 2009   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Trying the rename any drive in W.Explorer is pointless from the start. The first screen shows how each drive is renamed in the text slot followed by clicking on the apply button. This is done when logged in as the administrator.

You'll notice that the second screen shows how the first sata was labeled prior to seeing the retail 7 installed there now seen as the default boot drive as well. Previously the RC install on the second sata was set as the default in the bios.


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02 Nov 2009   #5
conticreative

Win 7 - Mac OS X - Linux
 
 
Pendrive naming problem problem

Well, I am sort of at a loss now on how to handle this. I am posting a screenshot of the hard drive manager and the disk properties. I am sure that's better than me trying to describe it.

Thank you very much for the help so far.


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02 Nov 2009   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Once you have renamed a drive or partition and clicked the apply button then close out the DM and return to browsing the drives first reopen an WE window to see the rename in effect. If you leave a window open the change won't be seen at first.
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02 Nov 2009   #7
conticreative

Win 7 - Mac OS X - Linux
 
 

I have done as advised and when I return to WE the name is once again Pendrive.
I have tried using a different name from Medusa, and renaming the drive in DM. I restarted the computer to make sure there were no other windows left open and I tried changing the name once again. All to no avail.

I even shot a short video to display what it does when I try changing the name in WE.

In the properties and the DM I cannot change the name since they display it correctly.

In any event, this is the video I took of the issue: 2009-11-02_1101

My next step is to turn off the security program (whatever it's called in Win 7) and see if that lets me change the drive name and icon. Before that, I'll try disconnecting the external USB drives to see if that too is creating an issue. I am basically grasping at straws.
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02 Nov 2009   #8
conticreative

Win 7 - Mac OS X - Linux
 
 

I have just remapped all my drive letters and renamed some of the drives (something that I had planned to do anyway), but PENDRIVE still gives me grief. looks like I'll have to learn to live with it.
I have researched drive renaming on other forums and apparently no one else has the same problem as I do. It's really strange.

Thank you do much for the help so far. I am pretty sure I followed the instructions to the letter, but it just refuses to change.

Maybe one of these days....
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03 Nov 2009   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Maybe taking the drive out of the equation and running the system for awhile without it plugged and after a few restarts an entirely fresh detection of the drive will see the change in the DM stick. There may one other thing causing the problem as well namely the drive has bad sectors or is simply worn depending on age and wear.

The removal and then fresh detection might also work if the problem is in Windows itself. The redetect could then jar Windows into correcting this if the drive is in good working order.
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03 Nov 2009   #10
conticreative

Win 7 - Mac OS X - Linux
 
 

Thank you for your kind replay. It did occur to me to proceed just as you have indicated, except that:
1) The drive is brand new, bought a week ago.
2) I just finished moving all my data to it from an external I have been using and it's also connected to carbonite for cloud backup. I know from experience that disconnecting it is going to throw Carbonite into a fit and possibly lose my backups.

One solution would be to deactivate Carbonite for the few days it takes to fix the issue, but the problem of my data remains. I am a web developer and that drive contains all my websites raw code (about 150 of them!), all my client's graphic art, my podcast raw files and so on. Took me 3 days top move them over.

I do have local 1:1 backups as well and I can work off them, but then I'd have to sync them back.
I will try to shuffle the SATA plugs around to see if that makes any difference or maybe even subject it to multiple consecutive restarts to see if your suggestion may work, but I could not do it for a few days. Not even a few hours.

I was thinking that since I just bought Win 7 Professional, this would be a good one to put a ticket into Microsoft for. Make them earn the $200 this upgrade cost me (on my Mac I just upgraded to the new OS for $30. Quite a difference. Also, their older OS wasn't a dud like Vista).

It's not like I can't work with it. Whether it's called "Pendrive" or "Sue Ann" it really doesn't matter. It's more of a psychological issue: brand new OS, 2 new hard drives, enough RAM to launch a Space Shuttle and I can't even rename a drive?

It makes me wonder what else is lurking in the guts that may be wrong.

Thank you
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