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Old 10-26-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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How to change "volume label" of the USB drives?


Hya,

Question is:
How to change "volume label" on the drives connected through USB? - USB memory stick, external hard drive (ext3), ...

Reason is:
Volume without label is recognized as generic name by udev. This is confusing every once in a while. So I want specific name to each USB stick, external drive...

I know how to set it, using mkfs. (for ext3 mkfs.ext3 -L labelName, for vfat mkfs.vfat -n volumeName) But doing so, drive is initialized.
I tried "mlabel" but does not work well.

For some reason, web search gives me only mlabel.

Is there any way to keep content and change "volume label" ?

I appreciate any suggestion.

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Old 10-26-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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I use "mlabel" to do it. You probably need to edit /etc/mtools.conf to be able to assign a dos device name to the pen drive.

Here is an excerpt from a previous message I posted:
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Install the "mtools" package if you have it. This package supplies the "mlabel" package. Add the following line to
/etc/mtools.conf:
drive p: file="/dev/sdb1". The p: device name is arbitrary. The default config will cover your floppy drives, but adding such a line will probably be needed to assign a dos type device name to a linux device. The /etc/mtools.conf file is well commented with plenty of commented out examples.

Use the appropriate value for the device, either /dev/sda1 or /dev/sdb1 in your case.
Now you can use mlabel to relabel the drive like this:
mlabel p:label
 
Old 10-26-2007, 08:44 PM   #3
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I'd use e2label, like this: e2label device newlabel
 
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:02 PM   #4
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Hya,

Thanks, both tricks do.

Also I found that tune2fs can change label.

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Old 12-07-2008, 02:55 AM   #5
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Hi,

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Originally Posted by jschiwal View Post
I use "mlabel" to do it. You probably need to edit /etc/mtools.conf to be able to assign a dos device name to the pen drive.
Thanks for giving me the solution to a problem I wrestled with for about 2 hours :-). I was trying to alter a FAT32 external HDD so of course only mlabel was suitable.

Andrew

Last edited by andrew.46; 12-07-2008 at 02:57 AM.
 
Old 07-10-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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ridiculous, wrapper script

That's ridiculous, so I wrote a wrapper script: http://sam.nipl.net/code/nipl-tools/bin/fattag
 
Old 08-29-2012, 09:39 AM   #7
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Label USB device via GUI

In GPARTED right click on entry. There's an option to label......
 
Old 09-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #8
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Disk Utility can also be used

To avoid installing anything and messing with mtools I have just used Disk Utility (it seems installed automatically in Ubuntu 12.4).
 
  


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