Rename external drive *as USB sees it*


  1. Posts : 81
    Windows 10 Pro x64 (Version 22H2, Build 19045.2965)
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    Rename external drive *as USB sees it*


    Renaming a USB drive at the level at which Windows usually presents it is trivial. It can be done through Disk Manager or even Windows Explorer. What is annoying me is not the name that appears in the File Explore, but the one that appears in the pop-up list invoked by "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" in the task bar. I previously allowed my Panasonic TV to format an external drive for use as a recording drive (presumably as ext3). I accepted the TV's assigned default name, "External Disk 3.0". This all worked fine, but when when I needed to use the drive with my Windows PC, I wanted to be better able to differentiate this drive from the other peripherals I access via "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media". Unfortunately, it is a mystery to me how to change the name of this (or any other) device as it appears in the pop-up eject menu. The name I applied when I reformatted the drive to NTFS for use by Windows appears in Disk Management and File Explorer, but the eject pop-up list still identifies the drive as "External Disk 3.0". In fact, none of the device names displayed in the pop-up eject menu appear to relate to the names displayed in Disk Management or File Explorer. How can I edit this label of this drive, short of reformatting the drive on my TV (I already have loaded data on it in Windows)? Windows 10 Pro 22H2, build 19045.3086
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  2. Posts : 43,453
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, on the statistically insignificant basis of a single sample, this is what I see with one external backup disk with Safely Remove:
    Rename external drive *as USB sees it*-untitled.png

    As you can see, its name is under a rather strange and unhelpful string., perhaps referring to the hardware in the USB-connected caddy.

    Personally I have used a 3rd party utility for years: USB Safely Remove - which also helpfully deals with 'locked' drives:
    Rename external drive *as USB sees it*-untitled-2.png

    Sorry I can't answer your question directly, as I've never looked into it.
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  3. Posts : 81
    Windows 10 Pro x64 (Version 22H2, Build 19045.2965)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for your post! It helped me to see that the Windows designation is indeed displayed below the "rather strange and unhelpful string". In my dark theme it was so faint I hadn't noticed it.
    Rename external drive *as USB sees it*-ejectpopup.png
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  4. Posts : 4,167
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
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    If you use the default policies for your drives, you don't even have to worry about ejecting the disk. Just unplug it with no need to eject it.
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    External Disk 3.0 is the Device Name that was assigned to the Product ID, 1576, for this USB device by the manufacturer, or vendor with Vendor ID = 152D (JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp.). The (generic/compatible) Hardware ID of this USB device is USB\VID_152D&PID_1576 so the automatic (Plug and Play) hardware detection mechanism uses that to find the Device Name. It is unrelated to the Drive or Volume Label that you can rename. (Even, if your TV uses the Device Name as its default suggestion when it lets you enter your new Drive Label.)
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  6. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
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    hdmi said:
    External Disk 3.0 is the Device Name that was assigned to the Product ID, 1576, for this USB device by the manufacturer, or vendor with Vendor ID = 152D (JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp.). The (generic/compatible) Hardware ID of this USB device is USB\VID_152D&PID_1576 so the automatic (Plug and Play) hardware detection mechanism uses that to find the Device Name. It is unrelated to the Drive or Volume Label that you can rename. (Even, if your TV uses the Device Name as its default suggestion when it lets you enter your new Drive Label.)
    From the screenshot, the name is referring to a Hitachi drive... A 500 GB sized drive at that...
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  7. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    rsbrux said:
    Thanks for your post! It helped me to see that the Windows designation is indeed displayed below the "rather strange and unhelpful string". In my dark theme it was so faint I hadn't noticed it.
    Rename external drive *as USB sees it*-ejectpopup.png
    The USB drive is an external HDD or what?
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    F22 Simpilot said:
    From the screenshot, the name is referring to a Hitachi drive... A 500 GB sized drive at that...
    It's the JMicron JMS578 USB 3.0 to SATA 6.0Gb/s Bridge Controller that the 500GB HGST drive is hooked up to.
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  9. Posts : 43,453
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #9

    Seems the same pattern as in my screenshot.. the name is somehow derived from the hardware in the caddy..
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