Rename external HD
pcpinkerton at gmail.com
Thu May 31 09:31:27 UTC 2007
Bob Cortez wrote:
> The file system of the hd is vfat. I tried following the instructions
> at http://www.debuntu.org/device-partition-labeling with the following
> @ubuntu:~$ df -T
> Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
> ext3 27371388 3975252 22005752 16% /
> varrun tmpfs 257960 216 257744 1% /var/run
> varlock tmpfs 257960 0 257960 0% /var/lock
> procbususb usbfs 257960 108 257852 1% /proc/bus/usb
> udev tmpfs 257960 108 257852 1% /dev
> devshm tmpfs 257960 0 257960 0% /dev/shm
> lrm tmpfs 257960 33788 224172 14%
> /dev/hda1 ext3 241116 26964 201704 12% /boot
> /dev/sda1 vfat 78127040 39304800 38822240 51% /media/EXERNAL HD
> @ubuntu:~$ sudo gedit ~/.mtoolsrc
> @ubuntu:~$ sudo mlabel -s i:
> Cannot initialize 'I:'
> mlabel: Cannot initialize drive
> Phil - yes I've tried to highlight but I don't get a rename option. I
> think that only works for folders and files, not devices. F2 doesn't
> do anything. Alt-F2 brings up the run dialogue box but I'm not sure
> what I should be using as a command. I tried mlabel -s i: with the
> same result as above. Cannot initialize drive.
I should explain that I have a dual boot system (gutsy 7.10 ) and
auto-mount the Windows partition when Linux is booted.
Also I have Ubuntu and Kubuntu desktops both installed, The method I
mentioned as a way to re-name the device was
on my "Kubuntu" desktop where I have 4 Icons. 2 are folders and 2 are
The labels under the device Icons are "/" for the root partition and
"(hda2)" for the mounted Windows partition.
and I can /change these labels /using the right-click rename or f2.
It may work differently when on the Ubuntu desktop which I believe is
what your using.
> I also tried the instructions for ext3 file system in case the
> directions were based on the host and not the external drive. I
> received the following response.
> e2label: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sda1
> Couldn't find valid filesystem superblock.
> I could probably plug it into the XP box and change it there, but I'm
> being stubborn. I may not always have that available to me in these
> Thanks for the responses, any other ideas?
Did you try "fdisk" on /dev/sda1 ? blow away the partition(s) save and
exit to write to device table.
Re-Run "fdisk" /dev/sda1 create new partition(s) as linux (type 83)
Then run mkfs -f ext3 /dev/sda1.
> On 5/30/07, Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, 2007-05-30 at 14:53 -0800, Bob Cortez wrote:
>>> What's the best way to rename the hard drive to a ubuntu 7.04 friencly
>>> name? I tried using the properties field in the gui but got 'you don't
>>> have permissions' error.
>> You may be able to do it by starting an instance of the file manager
>> with Alt+F2 to bring up the run dialog, then run "sudo nautilus
>> Or use Alt+F2 or a terminal and run "sudo mkfs.ext3 -L <name>". Read the
>> man page, either with "man mkfs.ext3" in a terminal or via menu System|
>> Help and Support|Adanced Topics. This is assuming that you have an ext3
>> filesystem on the disk. If not, try the section SEE AlSO in "man mkfs"
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