Assign Labels To Storage Drives/Cards


These days it is not unusual for a computer to have two or three USB storage devices plugged in at the same time.

Windows assigns drive letters in the order in which you attach a device, so the same memory stick might be drive J one time and drive O another time for example; making it very difficult to know what is on each connected stick/card without opening each one.

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There are several free drive USB letter managers around but this is how to give each of your removable drives and cards its own unique icon and label in the ‘Computer’ window or the Explorer pane.

  • Choose the icon you want to use for that drive, it must be 32×32 and have the .ico extension.
  • Copy and Paste the icon into the root of the drive/card.
  • Open Notepad and create a text file with the following lines:

[autorun]

icon= the name of your icon .ico

label= the label you want to assign . E.g. Alans Files


  • Save the file as autorun.inf and copy into the root of the drive/card

Now if you have one or more storage devices plugged into your computer, when you click on ‘My Computer’ or open Windows Explorer they will be shown with the icon and label you assigned to them, thus making them easier to identify.

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Of course, if you just want a label without a custom icon then just leave out the icon= line (I chose to leave out the icon).

About the Author

Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.