How to Change the Title of a Flash Drive


When you plug your flash drive into a computer, it is assigned a generic title by the operating system. The flash drive will function normally without editing. However, assigning it a personal label helps identify a particular drive among others and adds a personal touch to your media. Changing the title of the flash drive on one computer gives it a permanent title unless you change it again. The title remains the same on any computer it is used on.

Mac OS X

  • Insert the flash drive into a free USB port. In a few seconds, the operating system will load the drive to give you access to the files held on it.

  • Click on the Finder icon in the application dock. Finder shows displays drives and folders on the left side of the window. Locate the drive that represents the flash drive. By default, the drive might read "No Name", "USB" or a likewise generic title.

  • Right-click on the flash drive icon, then click "Rename (Generic)". For example, if the generic title given to the flash drive is "No Name", you must click "Rename No Name."

  • Type a new title for the flash drive, then hit "Enter" on the keyboard. The title can be any combination of letters and numbers, but you cannot use punctuation marks.

Windows 7

  • Double-click "My Computer" on your desktop. This will open Windows Explorer, giving you access to drives, folders and files.

  • Right-click on the removable disk and select "Rename". The current title text becomes highlighted.

  • Type a new title for the flash drive. You can use spaces, letters and numbers in the title, but no punctuation is allowed.

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