Windows Tip: Change Your Hard Drive Icon -1 reply

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Sh0rD

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11th August 2002

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#1 15 years ago

There are two ways to change the icon that represents your hard drive. Icon files can be contained within .dll's (dynamic link libraries, the heart and soul of Windows), or they can be a .ico (icon) file.

***Change shortcut to your hard drive***

Make a shortcut to your hard drive. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties. Choose the Shortcut tab, and then click Change Icon to see the various icons available. In this window, you can also click Browse to see the icons contained in other dll's. Not every dll contains icons. You can then change the shortcut icon to whichever icon you prefer by clicking OK while your choice is highlighted.

***Change the hard drive icon***

If you want to change your actual hard drive icon instead of the shortcut icon, you need to follow the steps below.

Open notepad by going to Start --> Run and typing "notepad" (without the quotes).

Type this:

"[autorun] icon=filename, number" (again, without the quotes).

In this text, you will replace "filename" with the name of the .ico file or .dll in which the icon is contained.

"Number" indicates which icon file you wish to use. If you are using a .ico file, or if you want to use the first icon in a dll, leave this part blank. But if, for instance, you want to use the fourth icon in the .dll (the fourth one that appeared when you were browsing your dll icons as we did above), replace "number" with "4" (no quotes.)

Save this notepad file as "autorun.inf" in the root directory of the drive you wish to modify (eg. C:\), not within any subdirectories or folders within the drive.

Hit F5 to refresh your folder, if that doesn't work, you may need to reboot your computer to see your changed icon.

Did your new drive icon appear? If not, go back and check your syntax, make sure you have the correct filename and try again. This tip works in all versions of Windows.