[SOLVED] How to change the drive icon for an external HDD ?

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ChrisAB

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I have a Seagate Expansion External hard drive and wish to change the generic icon that it displays in Explorer.

I have tried the registry hack to do this and still it displays the generic icon.

Anyone know how I can do this?

thanks.
 

The Electro Machine

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This is my personal Registry hack for all of the drives [so you will have to adjust it to your needs]

I works as long as I have the ICONS folder on drive C and keep in it ICO file named e.g. drive unknown


Code:
 Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\A]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\A\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive unknown.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\B]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\B\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive unknown.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\C]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\C\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive system.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\D]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\D\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive unknown.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\E]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\E\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive unknown.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\F]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\F\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive camera.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\H]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\H\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive USB stick.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\I]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\I\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive USB stick.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\J]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\J\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive USB stick.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\K]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\K\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\M]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\M\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\O]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\O\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive optical.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\P]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\P\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\Q]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\Q\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\R]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\R\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\S]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\S\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive system.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\T]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\T\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\U]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\U\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive USB.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\V]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\V\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive archive echo.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\W]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\W\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive archive online.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\X]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\X\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive archive offline.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\Y]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\Y\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive archive offline.ico"
 
 
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\Z]
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\Z\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICONS\\drive archive offline.ico"
 
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