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Old Nov 26, 2006, 04:42 PM   #1
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How do I change the Hard Drive Icon?

I've seen a number of desktops posted in the picture section that have different icons for the hard drive. I have a MacBook Pro, and would like to replace the stock HDD icon with an icon of a MacBook Pro. Where do I find such an icon, and how do I replace it? Thank You
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Right (secondary) click the HD icon. Click 'get info'. Copy the icon you want to replace it with, click the pick in the top left of the 'get info' pane, and paste. Voila!
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 05:03 PM   #3
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You can also use CandyBar to change pretty much every icon on your system. Among other places, you can find icons at InterfaceLift and Iconfactory.
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 05:23 PM   #4
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Right (secondary) click the HD icon. Click 'get info'. Copy the icon you want to replace it with, click the pick in the top left of the 'get info' pane, and paste. Voila!
Would you mind giving a little more detail. I'm not sure what you mean by "click the pick in the top left of the 'get info' pane". Thank you
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Mac 101 - Customize my Mac - Lesson 6: Change my icons
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 07:21 PM   #6
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Thank you. Also, how do I enlarge the icon. I was able to change it, but it still is small.
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Cmd-J, or View > Show View Options. The 'Icon Size' slider is right at the top.
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 08:20 PM   #8
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Thank you. Also, how do I enlarge the icon. I was able to change it, but it still is small.
Right-click on the desktop and select "Show view options". From there you can make the icons as big or as small as you want
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Old Nov 26, 2006, 09:16 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips guys!
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Old Nov 29, 2006, 08:32 AM   #12
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Changing drive icons - macbook Pro

Yeah, i have managed to change my icon to the macbook one....but i also want to change the icon for my windows drive ....

I found a good one...but it wont let me chnge this icon...any ideas?
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 02:04 PM   #13
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How do you change the windows drive in leopard?
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 03:40 PM   #14
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if you are running leopard and your boot camp partition is in ntfs format it is not as simple as the get info copy and paste method... stick in a usb stick in mac os x, and paste the icon you want your windows drive to be on the usb stick (copy your desired icon, get info on usb stick, select current icon in top left so its highlighted, paste icon)... then boot into windows, open the usb drive and set folder to show hidden files (tools > folder options > select view tab > select show hidden files and folders)... then drag .VolumeIcon.icns and ._ file into your c:/ .. then hide hidden files and folders in windows again then reboot into mac os x and see the nice new icon... (note this does not change the icon on the boot loader screen, if anyone knows how to do this let me know) i attached pictures of my icons on my mbp
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 03:10 AM   #15
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I managed to change the icon, but how do I now change the drive name "Untitled" to "Windows HD"
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 03:24 AM   #16
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if you are running leopard and your boot camp partition is in ntfs format it is not as simple as the get info copy and paste method... stick in a usb stick in mac os x, and paste the icon you want your windows drive to be on the usb stick (copy your desired icon, get info on usb stick, select current icon in top left so its highlighted, paste icon)... then boot into windows, open the usb drive and set folder to show hidden files (tools > folder options > select view tab > select show hidden files and folders)... then drag .VolumeIcon.icns and ._ file into your c:/ .. then hide hidden files and folders in windows again then reboot into mac os x and see the nice new icon... (note this does not change the icon on the boot loader screen, if anyone knows how to do this let me know) i attached pictures of my icons on my mbp
Could you explain this part again?
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 04:05 AM   #17
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1. Locate the icon you want
2. Plug in a USB stick
3. When the volume appears on your desktop right click --> get info
4. Right click ---> get info on the icon you want for your windows partition
5. Copy the icon
6. Paste on the usb stick icon

Then just follow the rest of the steps in the previous post
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 04:53 AM   #18
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Thanks mate, I understand now.
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 05:01 AM   #19
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Help!

Problem- when i paste the icon, it only shows a preview like thing saying PNG..Help?
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 01:53 PM   #20
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to change the windows drive name from untitled simply boot into windows and open my computer... right click on C: and select properties... and change name under general tab
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Old Nov 18, 2007, 10:05 PM   #21
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Thanks Webgoat! have you found a way to change the logo at booting up?
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Old Feb 10, 2009, 10:14 PM   #22
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Just gonna bump this...


I can't change my Mac HD icon. I know how and have been doing it for months (using candybar) but suddenly I just can't. I can change my windows partition icon, and the icon does change (because when I boot up into windows I can see the Mac HD icon and it is changed) but it will not change at all on the desktop. I tried changing it by doing it through the get info panel but does not work either.

Why???
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 11:47 AM   #23
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Hey just fixed that problem on snow leopard...go to "get info" for your hd, scroll to the bottom and go into the sharing & permission section. Under Name: everyone the Privilege needs to be Read & Write. That should do it.
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 12:53 PM   #24
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Followed this to a T - will not work.

Process:
use .icns file to replace stock USB stick icon
Boot into WinVista
"show hidden files"
Copy 2 files specified to root of Vista and XP from modded USB stick (NTFS/FAT)
"hide hidden files"
Reboot into OSX 10.6.4
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nothing...

I can change any other icon except the Windows icons. plz help

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Old Jul 16, 2011, 09:53 AM   #25
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I know it's an old thread, but I've hand similar issues.

I just purchased a kindle that mounts in OSX as USB device with a standard white volume icon, but I wanted it to show a real Kindle icon. Using the 'Get-info, copy/paste' method just left the volume as Preview ICNS image (Preview icon, with ICNS in text under it). This is on SL 10.6.8.

I ended up fixing it by opening terminal and manually overwriting the .VolumeIcon.icns on the Kindle's filesystem root.
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Kinesin$ cp /Users/Kinesin/Downloads/GraphiteKindle.icns /Volumes/Kindle/.VolumeIcon.icns
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