How to change optical drive label?

July 2, 2006 at 09:11:25
Specs: Xp Pro, Pentium IV, 512 MB

I have changed the letter of my DVD-RW Drive in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management but after that the label of the drive seen in My Computer has changed from "DVD-RW Drive" to "CD Drive" which is incorrect. I have tried selecting and single-clicking the drive in My Computer as hard disk partitions can be labelled but that doesn't seem to be working in case of optical drives, I suppose it may work for the DISKS inserted but not for the name of the drive when no disk is inserted.

Could you help me to re-label my optical drive and do you know how it would be possible to change the optical drive letter in the future WITHOUT the label changing into "CD Drive"?

Tnx in advance

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July 2, 2006 at 12:28:08
Try tweak # 191 at kellys-korner for xp.

Note that if your firewall is set to block .vbs extensions, you'll have to temporally disable script blocking in the security settings.


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July 2, 2006 at 14:56:51
Optical devices get their labels from the disk placed in them. You can change a drive letter but not assign a label to a optical drive.

Why would you want to? So music, pictures, or a multimedia cd would all be "CD-ROM"?

Personnally I want to know what cd I have in the reader.

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July 2, 2006 at 15:29:53
The label can be changed and it will not affect the 'naming' once a cd/dvd is inserted. If the script I linked in my previous post doesn't work, this registry tweak should:
Before you try this backup your Registry, or make a system restore.

How to Rename a CD or DVD Drive in Windows XP/2000

1. Start > Run > Regedit

2. Go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DriveIcons\D\Default Label

Assuming D is the name of your drive letter.

In the left explorer pane.

1: If there is no DriveIcons Key you will have to make one. (hi-light the Explorer key, then right click and select New Key, name it DriveIcons.

1: Assuming D is the letter of your CD/DVD drive.

2: If there is no key named D(or whatever your drive letter is) you will have to make the key, (hi-light the DriveIcons Key and right click and select New Key, name it to whatever your drive letter is) eg: D

3: If you have two drives, you will have to make keys for each drive, eg: D: & F: or whatever the drives letters are. (then follow below.)

4: Then create a key named DefaultLabel, (create one by right-clicking the key for your drive "in this case, D" and selecting New > Key. name it DefaultLabel)

5: If you have two drives you will have to make a key named DefaultLabel for each drive letter, see 3 above.

Now in the right explorer pane

5. Then change the (Default) value to the label you want. to do this right click the (Default) value and select modify, then enter what you want to call your drive. if you have two drives you will have to change both (Default) values for each drive.


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July 3, 2006 at 06:51:10
Tnx very much for your replies, mates!

After trying to navigate to the drive and getting a message to insert a disk AND then doing a refresh (a refresh alone was no good) at the My Computer screen made the drive's name change into correct "DVD-RW Drive" again.

Though I still needed to use your instructions to reassign the label and icon for my Virtual CloneDrive (the virtual drive which is installed along with the CloneCD program), so thank you very much, LL!


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