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Name your Thumb Drive

Posted By On January 18, 2005 @ 3:59 PM In Hardware & Peripherals | No Comments

Q:
I have one of those USB “thumb drives” and when I plug it in Windows assigns a drive letter. Is there a way I can give it a name instead?

A:
USB “thumb drives” are becoming more popular (and more affordable). Some are the size of your finger and can hold the same amount of data as a DVD or even more!

Each time you plug it in, your PC assigns a drive letter automatically—but what if you want it to have a name?

If you have Windows XP, just double click “My Computer“, right-click the drive letter and select “Properties“.

If you use Vista, go to Start>Computer, right-click on the drive letter the corresponds to your thumb drive and select “Properties“.

Type in the new name then click OK.

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This can also be done with USB card readers. Especially with the kind that read several different types of card. You can label each drive according to card type: SM (Smart Media), CF (Compact Flash), etc. When you put your media card in, the name will come up so you know which drive letter has the card in it.

~ David


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