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

19 Mar 2011   #11
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

I have FINALLY solved it!!! Well technically, it just happened. I didn't do anything other than restart the system.

But restarting the system worked!! So the generic 'Switch it off and then turn it back on' solution actually worked!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
...Also you can't have a partition >32G for Fat32. Your HDD is 150GB !
Convert a hard disk or partition to FAT32 format
It does not have any partitions in it, jsyk.

On another note, why does the drive show it has 'NTFS File Format' now? And what's using 94MB on it?




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19 Mar 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have you seen my post #10 in this thread?
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19 Mar 2011   #13
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Have you seen my post #10 in this thread?
Ok that explains the used space, but what about the file system showing 'NTFS'?
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19 Mar 2011   #14
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t4akawolf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
...Also you can't have a partition >32G for Fat32. Your HDD is 150GB !
Convert a hard disk or partition to FAT32 format
It does not have any partitions in it, jsyk.

On another note, why does the drive show it has 'NTFS File Format' now? And what's using 94MB on it?
Don't know what jsyk means?

If it doesn't have a partition (or volume) it doesn't have a file system and the disk is generally useless. It does have ONE NTFS partition already. Also file systems take some space.

Again, if you want FAT32 then you need to make partitions with a maximum size of 32GB.
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04 Apr 2011   #15
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Don't know what jsyk means?

If it doesn't have a partition (or volume) it doesn't have a file system and the disk is generally useless. It does have ONE NTFS partition already. Also file systems take some space.

Again, if you want FAT32 then you need to make partitions with a maximum size of 32GB.
JSYK - Just So You Know

Thanks, that cleared it up.
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05 Apr 2011   #16
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I should clarify that the FAT 32 partition size limit of 32GB is imposed by windows. You can actually use third party formatting to format a larger partition which apparently will still be recognised by windows. I believe the 4 GB file size limit is an actual constraint of FAT 32.
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19 Aug 2016   #17
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

I have a similar Hard Disk (Seagate 1TB USB3) issue where the Volume name (Local Disk) stays same on Win 8.1

Based on this - Can't change Volume Label on USB stick
And
Drive - Rename
I think it is Autorun.inf causing it because when I tried to open it even as an Admin I couldnt.

I might have to try and Force Ownership as pointed here.
Take Ownership Shortcut
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27 Aug 2016   #18
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Try WinRAR to delete the autorun.inf file.

Navigate to your drive in WinRAR, select the autorun.inf file and hit on the delete icon on top.

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If it fails you can create a Live Linux pendrive, boot from it, mount your drive and delete it.

Creating a Lucid Puppy pendrive with Rufus: Is there any way of saving a completely unrecognisable hard drive?

Some malware/virus can create an autorun.inf file. It will be prudent to run MalwareBytes antimalware https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/ and check your system.


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15 Sep 2016   #19
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Try WinRAR to delete the autorun.inf file.

Navigate to your drive in WinRAR, select the autorun.inf file and hit on the delete icon on top.

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If it fails you can create a Live Linux pendrive, boot from it, mount your drive and delete it.

Creating a Lucid Puppy pendrive with Rufus: Is there any way of saving a completely unrecognisable hard drive?

Some malware/virus can create an autorun.inf file. It will be prudent to run MalwareBytes antimalware https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/ and check your system.

I will try out some of these methods and get back to you.
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15 Sep 2016   #20
Beowulf1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Warning: Do not do this to your internal HDD

You can use Autorun.inf
Open Notepad and write:-
[AutoRun]
Label=yourdesiredname
and save it as Autorun.inf in your HDD root.
Or
You can extract the attachment and paste the .inf file in your root of the external hdd


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