External hard drive Icons.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Harry Hobbs, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Harry Hobbs macrumors newbie

    Harry Hobbs

    Sep 2, 2016
    Just bought a hard drive, when i first used it, both partitions had this icon:
    Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 19.01.48.png

    Then I had to format the partition, now it looks like a standard icon,
    Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 18.57.06.png

    Is there a way to make it go back to the original design? I know its petty but the difference between the two is annoying me.
  2. KALLT, Sep 2, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2016

    KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    There are two ways to do this. The first is, for each partition, right-click on the desktop icon and select ‘Get Info’. Then select the icon in the upper-left corner of the window and press command–C, then select the one in the other window and press command–V. You can in fact drag any image you want in there, to use it as the icon.

    The other solution is a bit more technical. The icon is usually hidden on the disk itself. When you type this command in Terminal, you should be able to see it in its root path. It should be called “.VolumeIcon.icns” (with preceding full-stop).
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true && killall -QUIT Finder

    Just copy the file as-is to the new disk or save it elsewhere. To hide the hidden files again:
    defaults delete com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles && killall -QUIT Finder

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