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Windows XP - Change a Hard Drive Name

Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial on how to change the name of a hard drive. Changing the name of a hard drive may make it easier for you to identify especially if you have a few hard drives listed in My Computer.

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Windows XP - Change a Hard Drive Name

Desktop icons in windows xp

With Windows XP loaded to the desktop you should see the desktop icons.

With the mouse double click the My Computer icon.

The My Computer window will open.

showing the my computer section in windows xp

You will see a list of all the drives that are available under My Computer.

You can change the name of any drive although it is usually the fixed hard dives you will want to change such as the C:\ drive.

With your mouse right click on the 'c:\' and from the menu that appears left click the 'Rename' option near the bottom.

c drive properties in windows xp

Where the name of the hard drive was Local Disk in our example you will now see it highlighted in blue.

When all the text is highlighted in this way you can just start typing the new name for the drive.

Once you have finished typing the name of your choice, and in our case 'My Drive' press the enter / return key.

showing the my computer section in windows xp

You can see that the name of the drive is changed to My Drive now.

If you wanted to change it back to Local Disk (the default) then repeat this process but delete the highlighted text leaving the name blank and press return / enter. This will default the hard drive name to Local Disk.

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