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Title: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: m654321 on March 30, 2019, 07:47:58 AM
I have two identical external LaCie drives. 
When they are both plugged in (at the same time), only one "LaCie" is listed. I guess I need to rename them "LaCie1" and "LaCie2" to avoid this, but would appreciate if someone could advise on how to do it.  I went to Menu --> Disks but couldn't find anything there to help.I'm unsure of the command line for this too.


All help much appreciated, as ever
Mike
Title: Re: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: DeepThought on March 30, 2019, 07:57:16 AM
Go to menu ---> Disks
Highlight the drive you want to change, then click on the cog wheel underneath the drive on the right.
Click on "Edit Filesystem" and rename label.
Hope this helps :)

A little reading if you are interested :)

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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RenameUSBDrive
Title: Re: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: m654321 on March 30, 2019, 08:55:03 AM
@DeepThought

When I do this I get the following notification message:
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                                Error setting label
Cannot change label on mounted device of type filesystem:ntfs.
 (udisks-error-quark, 11)


As I'm dual-booted, I'll try in Win8.1 & post back the result ...

Title: Re: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: DeepThought on March 30, 2019, 09:01:01 AM
Sorry, forgot to mention the drive has to be unmounted before any changes can be made.
Go to Disks, highlight the drive and just to the left of the cogs is a black square, click on that to unmount the drive.
Then carry on with the cogs to rename as mentioned before.
Then click on the play button that replaced the black square to remount, or just unplug/replug your external hdd.
Title: Re: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: m654321 on March 30, 2019, 09:15:47 AM
the drive has to be unmounted before any changes can be made.

Many thanks DeepThought.
Problem now solved, with the drives now showing in the Thunar file manager as LaCie1 and LaCie2  8)
Title: Re: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: DeepThought on March 30, 2019, 09:18:02 AM

glad to help :)
Title: Re: How do I rename an external drive?
Post by: minesheep on April 20, 2019, 02:28:10 PM
Just a note

It's possible to do it with Gparted also if you prefer. Select the correct drive from the device dropdown in right upper corner. It must  be unmounted before you can rename it. Right click the partition and  unmount it. When unmounted Right click the partition again and select "Label file system"