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How to Rename a USB Flash Drive

Patrick, a computer technician, is a dedicated writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

Before we learn how to rename a USB flash disk drive, let us see what a thumb drive is and its importance. A USB flash disk drive is a commonly used data storage device. It is the device that has replaced the floppy disks, which were mostly used in the early computers. The USB flash drives are typically removable and rewritable data storage devices.

Thumb Drives Use Flash Memory Technology

The USB flash disk is small, lightweight, compact, and more accommodating (in terms of the data it can store) than the floppy disk. It uses flash memory technology to store data.

A USB flash drive can be kept on a keychain, carried around your neck, and can also be worn on your wrist like a watch. Their small size and compatibility make them a good choice for professionals to carry, even across the border.

Uses of Flash Disks

A USB flash disk drive is very important because it can be used for various reasons:

  1. Data transportation: It can be used to carry and transfer your digital content from one computer to another swiftly.
  2. Data backup: You can use a flash disk drive to backup your important files, documents, and software.
  3. Installations: You can use a flash disk for software installations.
  4. Running open-source software: You can run open-source software from the flash disk.
  5. High capacity storage: A flash disk is able to hold a lot of data depending on its size which is expressed in terms of gigabytes (GB), for instance: 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and so forth.
A flash drive using the default name.

A flash drive using the default name.

Is it Important to Rename a Flash Disk?

You might be asking yourself this question: is it really important to rename your USB flash disk drive? Well, the answer is yes. Once you rename your flash disk drive, it becomes easier for you to recognize and work with it, or them if you are using more than one.

And instead of giving it a name, you can opt to write your telephone number. This can help if by bad luck it gets lost or you misplace it, and it is found by a Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan will be able to call you, and you will be happy to get your very important files back—and of course your flash disk.

But remember, it is always important to backup your data somewhere else other than on your flash disk drive to avoid data loss.

The Easiest Way of Renaming a Thumb Drive

  1. Click on "Start" then select "My Computer" or double click on "My Computer" icon on the desktop.
  2. Locate your flash disk under the "Devices with Removable Storage." Most probably if you have never given any name or volume label, it will be calling itself "Removable Disk" (then followed by the drive letter, for instance, F:).
  3. To rename, right-click on the device icon and select "Rename."
  4. Enter the name or your mobile phone number. The drive will now assume the name or numbers you have assigned to it.


  • You can not leave it without a name.
  • You can only enter 11 characters or numbers.

Formatting Your Flash Disk

The other way of renaming a flash disk is when you are formatting. Though this method should only be used when it is absolutely necessary to format your flash disk and you have backed up your data, otherwise you will lose your data.

When you right-click on the flash disk icon, then select "Format," you can enter the volume label before you click on the "Start Format" button. The volume label you will enter is the drive name it will assume.

Formatting a Flash Drive

Right-click on your drive and then select "Rename."

Right-click on your drive and then select "Rename."

Type the name or number, a maximum of 11 characters.

Type the name or number, a maximum of 11 characters.

Renaming a Flash Drive While Formatting Using MS-DOS

Another way of renaming your flash drive is by right-clicking on the drive icon and then selecting "Properties."At the very top, you will see the current name of the drive. Use this area to write the new name you want.

You can also rename a USB flash disk drive when formatting it using MS-DOS. After initiating the formatting process, you will be prompted to enter the volume label, which is the same as the drive name you want to assign it. Type the name or number you want to use as your drive name, and then press "Enter" key to continue.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Patrick Kamau

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