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?

    (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

    "... 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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