Setting a Custom Icon for your External Drives in Windows Explorer
Ok, I like my icons. You arrange your desk perhaps, shuffle papers, I update things with totally unneeded icons. A while back I made, ahem, these awesome Visual Studio Command Prompt and PowerShell icons with Overlays because, frankly, pretty icons make life better.
I did these back in the day.
I even did a little one for the system menu, 'cause that's how I roll.
I just bought a nice 3 Terabyte Seagate USB3 External Drive that I'm very happy with, but I noticed that it had an awesome icon. This epic icon was was making my other drives jealous. This, of course, cannot stand, Dear Reader.
Easily fixed, friends.
Create a text file in the root of each drive called Autorun.inf with contents like this:
Any icon you like will do. You may need to reboot to see the changes. Now my externals are making my internals look bad!
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I still need an external drive to store my photos, important documents and a full backup of my comp.
One day i'll lose something, i can smell it.
Is there a reason MS doesn't support/implement something like favicon, i.e. if an image file has a specific name then use it as the icon? How is Folder > Properties > Customize supposed to work? (It doesn't for drives.)
where do you have the icons from? Cant find something matching for my HDD :(
You can change the icons of the internal ones too. See eg http://forums.techarena.in/customize-desktop/1090682.htm
This post reminded me Windows 98!
When I was much younger, I liked to change my hard drive's icons just by using this technique ;)
Found it from the old CD disk, usually a CD disk contains an autorun.inf like below:
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Nice lines! haha :) You should have mailed Seagate for a change request to make an icon which is less epic.