How to rename my external HDD?

How to rename my external HDD?

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Big Worm 1

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491 posts

112 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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I have a WD 500GB My Passport external hard drive that i have renamed in Windows. It shows up in Windows under the name I want, but when i plug it into the back of the TV it still shows up as My Passport rather than the name i want.

It not life or death obviously, but i just wondered if there was any way to change it?

Thanks

JREwing

15,842 posts

127 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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Deed poll?

jacobpalmer05

443 posts

110 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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I do not actually know, but when I had my external there were a few text files and folders from new, so check in those in case there is one that says "Name:Mypasssport" or something similar.

Big Worm 1

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491 posts

112 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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I formatted it when i first got it, so all the files and software that were on it are gone.

annodomini2

5,826 posts

199 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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Probably not reading the same name as windows, probably somewhere in the firmware on the USB controller interface.

It may be possible to change it, but probably more effort than it's worth.

_gez_

1,013 posts

142 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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http://www.techerator.com/2009/08/how-to-change-th...

Don't know if this will work but it shouldn't take long to try.




Big Worm 1

Original Poster:

491 posts

112 months

Monday 29th April 2013
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_gez_ said:
http://www.techerator.com/2009/08/how-to-change-th...

Don't know if this will work but it shouldn't take long to try.
Thanks. I've just tried this but i'm afraid it doesn't work. frown

Even when i safely eject it, it still comes up as My Passport, with the new name shown underneath.

BlueMR2

7,658 posts

150 months

Monday 29th April 2013
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Big Worm 1 said:
_gez_ said:
http://www.techerator.com/2009/08/how-to-change-th...

Don't know if this will work but it shouldn't take long to try.
Thanks. I've just tried this but i'm afraid it doesn't work. frown

Even when i safely eject it, it still comes up as My Passport, with the new name shown underneath.
Most usb devices are picked up as what they actually are, the name of the device and then as a sideline they will show the drive name you have given.

If you watch on safely remove device menu it will usually give you the devices name and then below show you the drive letter and name.

It will be how devices can auto detect what a usb device being plugged in does.

daveydave7

1,622 posts

91 months

Monday 29th April 2013
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To answer the OP : NO
You can call it what you want with a PC but when connecting to your TV as has been previously noted it reads the info from whatever info is in the motherboard part of the controller on the device.
Last year I purchased many Western Digital Elements drives originally for their internal hard drive which was then fitted into PC's This left me with many WD Elements cases and power supplies - I then experimented by fitting various smaller capacity 160gb/ 320 Gb etc 3.5" drives into them and selling them on as smart TV drives, after testing them on my own Samsung they would always default to the name on the controller irrespective of whichever drive was connected to it.

Big Worm 1

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491 posts

112 months

Monday 29th April 2013
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Ok. Thanks for the advice anyway. smile

lestag

4,613 posts

224 months

Monday 29th April 2013
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Big Worm 1 said:
Ok. Thanks for the advice anyway. smile
It would have to be something you would do on your TV to change its name
Read the TV manual smile