Windows 10: Changing the name of your Optical drive possible?

  1.    27 Mar 2017 #1

    Changing the name of your Optical drive possible?


    So ive spent some-odd hours trying to fix this and its not looking good. That in and of itself is perplexing but I figured if its doable, you guys here would know how!

    So I'm aware of the means of which you can change your Drive letters, not an issue. I am even aware of several ways of labeling or "renaming" your drives. All has gone swimmingly until I arrived at my optical drive. FTR its a LG blu ray burner that shows up as "CD-Drive" in windows 10.

    I want to rename the drive as Ive already changed the letter to what I had intended but am now stuck with the marginally inaccurate and personally undesireable label/name. I've tried all methods I can find and worst case they dont work at all, best case they append the name after the drive letter so instead of say CD-Drive (D I end up with CD-Drive (D Optical Drive. The ideal outcome would simply be "Optical Drive (D" for example.

    Anyone able to help? Dont care what it takes!
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  2.    27 Mar 2017 #2

    How To Easily Name CD/DVD Drive In Windows 10/7
    maybe? (Not tried it personally).

    downloadable here:
    Add Names To DVD Drives - gHacks Tech News

    If you wish to install this portable program, you can use Nirsoft's zipinstaller (easy to find)
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  3.    27 Mar 2017 #3

    It's a Windows peculiarity, often but not always, the label on an optical drive will default to the last media read, so if that was a DVD it shows as a DVD drive, if CD as a CD drive.
    Not a lot you can really do about it other than try reading a Blueray disk and see if it changes to BDROM.
    Renaming by any means will just append the name after whatever Windows has decided to call it today!
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  4.    27 Mar 2017 #4

    dalchina said: View Post
    How To Easily Name CD/DVD Drive In Windows 10/7
    maybe? (Not tried it personally).

    downloadable here:
    Add Names To DVD Drives - gHacks Tech News

    If you wish to install this portable program, you can use Nirsoft's zipinstaller (easy to find)
    Yep, both ways ive tried with the same result. While the portable/gui is convenient and ideal for those who arent comfortable w/ mucking around in the registry - they operate the same way and achieve the same result unfortunately.
    clam1952 said: View Post
    It's a Windows peculiarity, often but not always, the label on an optical drive will default to the last media read, so if that was a DVD it shows as a DVD drive, if CD as a CD drive.
    Not a lot you can really do about it other than try reading a Blueray disk and see if it changes to BDROM.
    Renaming by any means will just append the name after whatever Windows has decided to call it today!
    This stinks, but may be the only option I have at some sort of middle-ground for now. Amazed that its not changeable by any manual means. You can change just about ANYTHING in windows. Things much less mundane than the aforementioned. I digress.

    Thank you both for taking the time to reply!
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  5.    27 Mar 2017 #5

    Out of curiosity, when does the name change back?
    I suppose you could have a little script running in the background (e.g. Autohotkey) to reapply the change.

    One of those things where MS clearly has a 1-track mind.
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  6.    27 Mar 2017 #6

    The change seems to be random, however here all optical drives show as type cdrom irrespective of what the label appears as.
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       27 Mar 2017 #7

    That question came up on a forum several years ago [no longer in business] and the consensus arrived at was the ODDs themselves can't be directly written to like HDDs can be [has nothing to do with burning processes]. It probably would have needed a firmware change for the drive to rename it. HDDs can be Labeled as to name, I do it frequently with my computers.
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  •    27 Mar 2017 #8

    Not sure if this still works, cannot test it for you since I no longer use Optical Drives, but you can give it a try.............you will find the link for "Drive Namer" here:
    Add Names To DVD Drives

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  •    27 Mar 2017 #9

    dalchina said: View Post
    How To Easily Name CD/DVD Drive In Windows 10/7
    maybe? (Not tried it personally).

    downloadable here:


    Add Names To DVD Drives - gHacks Tech News

    If you wish to install this portable program, you can use Nirsoft's zipinstaller (easy to find)
    Sorry dalchina......just noticed I also posted this a little after you had.......
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  •    27 Mar 2017 #10

    No problem..
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