Safe way to change the name of your "Macintosh HD"

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Halcyon, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Halcyon macrumors 6502

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    Searched the forum, found nothing...even though I remember reading about it in here.

    Can you just highlight the Macintosh HD and change the name without screwing other things?

    All my Mac's are in a LAN and the HD on all of them have the same name, some users get confuse at times so I want to make it distinctively clear which HD is which.

    TIA
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

    killmoms

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    Yes, you can just change it with no ill effects.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    You can do it with no problem. As far as the computer is concerned, it is always "/". In OS8 and OS9, the Drive Name was actually a required part of the path, so changing the name would often corrupt the entire systems. Today since OS X is UNIX, the name of the boot drive is just a label.

    TEG
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    No it wouldn't.
    Your home folder is the folder you DO NOT want to change. The HDD is no biggy.
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    Yes... It would. I've seen it happen many times.

    TEG
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I haven't, but fair enough I'll go ahead and believe you. I'll admit I didn't get into many Mac OS networks back in those days.
     
  7. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816

    Virgil-TB2

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    One caveat ... (because I did this recently)

    I have two HD's and one Time machine drive (external) and it bugged me one day that when you are looking at them in the finder, they only sort alphabetically and I didn't like the order.

    To make a long story shorter, I spent about a half hour naming and renaming the three drives back and forth between about four or five names seeing how I liked each.

    The computer got *very* confused as to which one was the Time Machine drive (several times), because I was calling it the same name as the main drive or swapping the name back and forth etc. I ended up having to disconnect the Time Machine drive and reboot a few times so that the system could re-scan the bus and figure out which drive was which again.

    So yes, you *can* confuse the computer if you screw around enough with the drive names. I suggest doing it on paper first and then changing them just once.
     

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