How to change Hardware IDs names of external drives


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    How to change Hardware IDs names of external drives


    Up front: I know how to update the "Friendly Name" of devices. A good tutorial can be found on:

    TUTORIAL: How to change device names in Device Manager | Windows 8 Help Forums

    When running VMware Workstation and connecting an external USB Drive from host, VMware displays the "Hardware IDs" rather than the "Friendly Names"

    A long shot, as probably this is firmware based, i.e. in this case only Western Digital, but would it be possible to change the 'Hardware ID' name into a 'Friendly Name' as well?

    Thanks.
    (Windows 10 x64 18363.720)



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  3. Posts : 615
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    Thanks. I tried, regretfully it did not work. I just read on answers.microsoft

    "... the only way is to change or upgrade hardware.
    Hardware ID is calculated from devices' IDs and user has no influence to this process unfortunately.
    "

    And also "all drives of this type will have the same hardware ID"

    So basically it is impossible, regretfully so.

    Thanks anyhow.
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