How to Rename a Western Digital External Hard Drive

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If you have several hard drives attached to your computer, it may be difficult to identify your Western Digital external hard drive by drive letter alone. This is particularly true when the default label is something generic, such as "Local Disk" or "New Volume." To make identification easier, you can rename your Western Digital drive to a more descriptive name to avoid future errors. Renaming your external drive works just like any other file or folder.

  • Plug your Western Digital hard drive into a wall outlet and power on the drive, if it has a separate power switch.

  • Plug the drive's data cable into the appropriate port on your computer. Most Western Digital external hard drives use a USB interface, but some use eSATA, IEEE 1394a or Ethernet. In any case, Windows 7 automatically recognizes the drive and launches an "AutoPlay" window.

  • Click "Open folder to view files" in the "AutoPlay" window to open Windows Explorer in the Western Digital external hard drive. This allows you to identify the drive letter of the drive.

  • Right-click the Western Digital drive letter and click "Rename." The current name becomes highlighted.

  • Type a new name and press "Enter."

  • Click "Continue" in the authentication window. If you're not logged in as an administrator, enter the administrator password to complete renaming the drive.

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