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Ask Max: Can I rename my hard drive without problems?

Asked on 02/27/2007:

When is it OK to rename a hard drive in OS X? Will you cause problems by doing that?


It is fine to rename your hard drive at any time in OS X. The only thing you will want to do is make sure that no other computer has your hard drive mounted remotely. If you do not use file sharing then you are fine, but if you do, just unplug your network connection and turn off your Airport wireless card. That will disconnect your drive from other computers on the network that may be sharing your files. Then just click once on your hard drive and go to the file menu. Select "Get Info" and go to the "Name & Extension:" section to change your drive's name. This should not cause any problems and is a common customization to make.

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