Change File/Folder icon permanently

Discussion in 'macOS' started by teho, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. teho macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    i know there are tons tutorials out there to change a file/folder's icon...
    mainly the "get info" method or third party software.

    but the moment i moved the file with custom icon to a removable media, say an external hard disk, the icon does not follow. and i can't change an icon to the files on the ext hdd as well through the "get info" method.

    i used to be from windows background, so i'll just set a thumbnail cover to the folder and it stays when burned to disc. (of course, the disc when opened on mac doesn't have the thumbnail cover. i didn't know before, since i didn't have a mac to check on)

    problem here is i'm hoping the custom icon can stick permanently and be seen on any removable media (CD/DVD/HDD) and viewable on a PC. i'm hoping there's a way to do so, so that i can put a representing image cover to the folders i burned for my projects. this way my lecturerS can easily get an overview of the content inside each folder. and i'm not sure if these lecturers uses a mac on windows...so it'll be great if that icon is readable on both.

    i would be grateful for any form of help.

    cheers!

    edit:
    i found out that on a fat32 external hdd, i can change the icon to the files in there...but not to a ntfs formatted hdd
    anyway to work around for ntfs?
     
  2. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    Open the icon you want to use with preview; press Command+A, then Command+C
    Right click on app/folder to change; get info
    click the little icon in the top right; Command+V
    Close Info window

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  3. teho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the little tutorial, tried but didn't work in removable media.
     
  4. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

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    Really? That is strange, it worked for me when I tried it with removable media. The only reason why I had to do it locally and then empty the trash was because if I tried to eject, it said QuickTime was using the drive.

    Edit: Just tried it again and it still worked.
     
  5. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    To my knowledge, there's not a workaround for NTFS.
     
  6. teho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry i realised my problem. i was trying to change the icon to files in NTFS fortmat media. there is no problem with FAT32 format.
    even though i have tuxera NTFS installed that allows my mac to read and write NTFS drives, i still can't change their icon properties. beats me really.
     

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