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Windows 7: Attempts at Naming a Flash-Drive result in Frustrations ???

31 Dec 2017   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Attempts at Naming a Flash-Drive result in Frustrations ???

My wife has two identical 16 GB 3.0 USB SanDisk Cruzer Glide flash-drives.

In order to better identify them, I permanently named them.

The first is named "(MyWife'sName)_F-Dr_A"

Naming this first one went off perfectly, with upper- and lower-case letters just like I wanted.

When I then tried to name the second one "(MyWife'sName)_F-Dr_B", it typed perfectly in the name box; but, when I clicked to enter the name, it instantly changed everything to all capitol letters.

I tried several different approaches, renaming in Explorer, renaming in the Properties box, even renaming in Disk Management, all with the same results; it insists on using all capitols regardless of what I do.

I even tried to rename it on two other machines with the same results.

Why is this insisting on such behavior ?

How can I fix ?

One other thing I noticed, I have various other drives, internal, external, and flash-drives, that all have much lengthier names than it will allow me to use on these two flash-drives; I figure this must be a limitation specific to the Flash-drives instead of a Windows limitation.

Thanks for reading.

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31 Dec 2017   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64

Well, I figured this one out for myself and now I feel kinda stupid for not thinking of it when the problem first became evident; --- it is all about FORMAT.

The flash-drive that I was able to use mixed case letters was formatted Ex-FAT.

The one that would only allow all-caps was formatted FAT-32

I formatted both as NTFS and all limitations went away; I was able to use the lengthy names I wanted and mixed case letters.

This format business is never a problem to me with drives that I can't do anything with until I format them, but it is a constant sneaky problem for me with these factory formatted devices.
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31 Dec 2017   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64

Start by launching a Command Prompt or a PowerShell instance with administrator rights.

To change a drive’s name using this method, you will have to know its drive letter. Once you do, use Command Prompt or PowerShell to run this command:

label C: NewName
Note that the C: letter from the example above is the drive letter of the drive that you want renamed. And the NewName text is the name you want to set for that drive. For instance, if I want to rename my D: drive to (MyWife'sName)_F-Dr_B , the command I’d use is: label D: Data.

You can label external drives with Autorun.inf text file please visit below website to learn how to create Autorun.inf text file.

How to set a custom icon and label for removable drives in Windows

Edit: I see you have resolve the problem while i was typing my instructions.
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01 Jan 2018   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2018   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

Most Flash Drives will come from their factory pre-formatted as Fat-32. It's the generic format for Flash Drives. Any computer* can read that format, however not every computer can read a NTFS formatted drive.

* Speaking of IBM Compatible PC's, mostly running some version of Windows.

When doing data recovery, I'd much rather be dealing with a FAT-32 drive, because I can read it even in DOS, which takes Windows completely out of the equation. I have at least a dozen flash drives and every one is formatted as FAT-32, just for the greatest compatibility.

Just a thought.

I'm glad you solved your own problem.

Happy 2018!

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 Attempts at Naming a Flash-Drive result in Frustrations ???

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