Icons for External Hard Drives

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by clarkewingh, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2010
    Hey everyone, just wanted to post up my personal collection of custom designed icons for use with external hard drives.

    Here's the one I custom made for the Iomega Silver portable HD.
    You can download it in ICNS format here.
    Here's the icon I made for my black WD Passport.
    You can download it in ICNS format here.
    If you need me to make an icon for one of your external HDs please just let me know. I might not have it ready right away because I have a job but I'll do my best to do it fast and well. :)
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    The WD Passport one would confuse me a lot, since it isn't plugged in :D
  3. macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2009
  4. macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    They look really nice OP, great work! As someone else said, the WD one might look even cooler if you add the USB cable in it, with the cable fading away...although that would ruin the clean rectangular shape of the icon, so maybe not. Either way, great job!
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2009
  6. macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    Second'd - I hate the ugly orange icon...
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2010
    Seagate FreeAgent Desk


    Click here to download ICNS.
    Edit: Will be working on adding the USB cable and making the other icon tomorrow..
  8. macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    Sorry noob question, but how do I use the new icon? I followed a guide from apple.com but it didn't work.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    Use this, it's free.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2010
    There's another solution too if you don't want to use litecom: open up the icon file in Preview, when it opens, press Command + C on your keyboard. Quit preview. Select the disk who's icon you want to change and Command + I, click the original icon (top left) in the window that opens, a blue glow effect should then appear. Press Command+V on your keyboard. Your icon is changed.
  11. macrumors 6502


    hehe, that would be confusing for folks like me who have multiples of the same drive.

    Personally, the external drive gets the icon set to its purpose.

    for example:

    my 3 primary networked drives, and one direct connect external

    WD MyBook Mac 1TB: hermes: backup: backup umbrella icon
    WD MyBook Mac 1TB: athena: applications storage: default applications folder icon
    WD MyBook Essential 2TB: hyperion:itunes media: iTunes icon
    WD MyPassport Studio 500GB: chronos: time machine: time machine icon

    I'm pretty consistent with that for pen drives as well.

    makes it easy to identify what's what on the desktop.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    requesting the western digital icon but in blue,thanks.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    Seagate Expansion Icon

    I'd like to request an icon for the Seagate Expansion drive

    Thanks in advance
  14. macrumors 6502

    The JTizzle

    Jun 14, 2009
  15. macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
  16. macrumors 6502

    The JTizzle

    Jun 14, 2009
    yah I have that one but it's kind of weak, I'd make an illustrated one but just don't have the time myself.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I download/make an icon for every external I have. I'll post them all up a little later.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    Southern California
    requesting seagate freeagent go and newer versions of wd passport elite plz :cool:
  19. htg
    macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    For ppl who don't get how to change the icon, all you have to do is right click on the drive or folder you want to change, click get info then drag the .icns file onto the pic of the drive in the get info. It should change.
  20. macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2009
  21. macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Thanks for this! Gonna use it : )
  22. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2009
    Slightly off topic, but it's nice to know I'm not weird when it comes to naming machines/HDD's.

    I've named all my computers after Greek/Roman/Norse gods bar two, my first one was Arkleseizure, the second was Deep Thought.

    Machines have been called:

    Heimdall - P4 3Ghz (dad's)
    Mjollnir - My old PC - I upgraded a number of parts to a new PC but kept the same name
    Hyperion - currently iMac (27" i7)
    Freyr - Old hackintosh laptop
    Thor - Interim computer of some description quite a few years ago.
    Helius - currently a 15" MBP (late 08 UB)
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2010
    I've tried dragging the icns file several times and all it does is copy it onto the hard drive itself. Any suggestions?
  24. macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2009
    Changing icons

    If you're new to changing icons this should help.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2007
    Can't install the WD passport icon. Once i remove the ".txt" from the downloaded icns file, it appears as the proper icon. but the icon in the upper left hand corner of the info window of your icon is a generic icns doc icon. i've replaced zillions of icons before, and would like to use this one, but it's eluding me. what am i doing wrong?


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