How to Change Your USB Flash Drive Icons

How to Change Your USB Flash Drive Icons

I recently bought a 160GB Wester Digital portable hard drive and had it partitioned but wanted to create custom icons for each drive for personalization and also for fun. Here’s a detailed step by step instruction on how to do it.

Step by Step Instruction:

1. Create an icon you want for your drive. You can select any picture you want and convert it to an icon here.

2. Copy paste it to the root directory of your flash drive and go to the Explorer options: Tools > Folder Options. Click View and Show Hidden Files and Folders.

3. Right click the autorun.inf and uncheck “read only” property and open it. If there is none at the moment, open up notepad and create one. Save it as autorun.inf to the root directory of your portable flash drive.

4. Write the code inside autorun.inf and save it:
[autorun]
icon = .\linux.ico
label=Linux

Of course, you have to change the linux.ico to the filename of your icon file. And also the label Linux to the name you want for the drive.

5. Save all your changes and go back to Folder options to unshow hidden files so that your files will not be seen. Remove usb drive and plug it in again. You will see your new icon in the startup of your flash drive.

Congratulations. You’ve just customized your flash drive icon and label. :P

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What do you think? Like my linux drive? :)

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    38 Responsesto “How to Change Your USB Flash Drive Icons”

    1. Charles says:

      nice one Mc.

    2. Rome says:

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    3. Lhurey says:

      Now i know..thanks man..

    4. bat di gana? says:

      not working…the icon is unknown…what should i do..?

    5. bat di gana? says:

      pls send me an a-mail ganex_99@yahoo.com

    6. mahe says:

      does anyone know how to do this on mac osx?

    7. log70 says:

      can anyone help???? its not working for me.

    8. Vanhelmont says:

      [autorun]
      icon = .\linux.ico
      label=Linux

      save this as autorun.inf

      if your icon is in another folder:
      icons(another folder)

      [autorun]
      icon = .\icons\linux.ico
      label=Linux

    9. Vanhelmont says:

      [autorun]
      icon = .\linux.ico
      label=Linux

      save this as autorun.inf

      if your icon is in another folder:
      icons(another folder)

      [autorun]
      icon = .\icons\linux.ico
      label=Linux

      ^^

    10. wazalac18 says:

      what should i do if my avast antivirus detects it as a malware?

    11. Jack says:

      Hi

      I also want to change my USB Drive icon

      Finally i can find my result in this site

      thanks a lots for all of the developer

      JACK

    12. kalliel says:

      why is the icon return to its default eventhough i don’t change it?

    13. Ajit D says:

      I also know this trick but all the antivirus software treat autorun.inf as a virus, even though I know that this file has been created by me and there is no HARM but it still avast says “Virus in autorun.inf”…How to get rid off it…

    14. To change the icon, right click and choose “properties”, then on the “shortcut” tab, choose “Change Icon”.

    15. Ekontd says:

      Thank You For This Info

      Good Luck

    16. asquare25 says:

      Thanks for the solution … my problem solved.

    17. Thank you for this blog, I was looking for Avast Antivirus on Yahoo and found this webpage.

    18. jeff says:

      why does it is being detect as virus in other computers?

    19. heman says:

      thanxxx man ur a rockstar

    20. Many thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and love learning a lot more on this subject. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your web site with more data? It is really helpful for me.

    21. Nicolas says:

      That’s great for a PC

      What about a Mac/PC Hybrid?

    22. angelo says:

      but autorun is being detected by the antivirus… is there any thing or way on how to change the icon on my flash drive!!!!!!

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    32. edilebert says:

      Thanks for your help :-)

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    33. kyraclinic says:

      thanks for sharing this wonderful post

    34. Oblivion says:

      its not working!!i tried all the steps, is it because of the icon size? or ther is a malfunction on the process of the changing?

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    36. Rome says:

      thanks for help nice sharing

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