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How to make USB Flash Drive Volume Name longer than 11 characters?

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Change your USB Flash Drive Volume Name from “Removable Disk” and make it longer than 11 characters

By default the Volume Name of a USB Flash Drive is assigned by the Windows operating system as “Removable Disk.”

This may not always be sutiable and at times you will need a different Volume Name. Also, many times the USB Drive Volume Name needs to be longer than 11 characters. If you are using the standard Windows “Rename” function, you are limited to only 11 characters.  This way you can’t always get what the name you want for your USB memory device.

How do you make the Volume Name of USB memory stick longer than 11 characters?

With the help of an inf file it is easy.  An INF file (or Setup Information file) is a plain text file used by Microsoft Windows for installation of software and/or drivers.
The following example shows how to use the .INF file to increase the length of our USB Volume Name past 11 characters.

For those of familiar with .INF files:

Label=type whatever you want here

For those of you less familiar with .INF files they are extremely easy to make and use. 


For the USB Flash Drive Volume name do the following:

  1. Open Notepad
  2. Type: [autorun]
  3. Next line type: label=whatever you want here
  4. *replace the “whatever you want here” text with YOUR USB Volume name.  (In example  the USB Volume is we named: How To Make A CDROM Partition On USB
    Save the file as “autorun.inf”)
  5. Now put the autorun.inf file in the root of your USB Flash Drive.  (“The root” means the file sits at the first level of the USB drive, not inside a folder on the drive. )

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