Show your Drive Icons

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  1. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Don't know about anyone else, but I like to personalize my drive icons.

    Here is the icon for my boot drive…

    YF14_SATA_1T Info.png

    The icon for my secondary drive…

    YF14B_SATA_4T Info.png

    And this icon is for the Time Machine backup drive which is connected via a USB dock. This last icon has a little bit of meaning because it's the very first icon I ever personalized with. It's survived 18 years without me losing it from the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California and the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix to Pueblo Publishers (where I work now) in Glendale, AZ.

    YM14B_USB_1T Info.png

    You might be beginning to see a theme here… :)
     
  2. bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, great idea. I also like to replace drive-icons (with different coloured apple-icons, which I thankfully learned here in the PPC-Forum)
    But I guess you will need to change tea&coffee-cup icons, as soon as you're going to use an SSD/mSATA... ;)
     
  3. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    Nah, just drive names, LOL! :D
     
  4. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    I should change my PPCs' drive icons that are named after Pokémon...

    Is it possible to just copy a .png as the drive icon? And do they show up when you file share on other Macs? :)
     
  5. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    The way I do it is to 'Get Info' on an icon and then click on the icon on the top left. Copy. Get Info on the drive icon, click on the icon on the top left. Paste.

    You can also open an icon in Preview, select all, copy, then Get Info on the drive icon and then select it on the top left and paste.

    You just want to make sure that the icons you select have transparency (around the edges). Otherwise you'll get a white square background behind them.
     
  6. amagichnich macrumors regular

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    let me guess, you love coffee and macs? :D
     
  7. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    I'm also a big fan of custom icons and names for drives and folders.
    Shown here, my SSD boot drive, Carbon Copy backup drive and General data and catch-all drive.

    Picture 1.JPG
     
  9. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    Those are some nice icons James!
     
  10. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Those are some really nice icons! :) You've inspired me to make some drive icons myself...
     
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    Creative names! :D
     
  12. eyoungren, Jun 2, 2017
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    eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    It's a system. :)

    First part identifies the group, the drive media and the number I've given the Mac/drive. The second part identifies the interface of the drive and the third part identifies the capacity of the drive.

    YF14_SATA_1T = (Y)oungren (F)ixed 14, SATA connection, One terabyte.
    YM20_USB_268G = (Y)oungren (M)obile 20, USB connection, 268 gigabyte
    YV14_RAM_2G = (Y)oungren (V)olatile 14, RAM disk, 2 gigabyte

    When it comes to the fixed drives they reflect the number of the Mac. For instance, my Quad is Youngren14 while my 2.3 DC is Youngren17, my PowerBook is Youngren7 and my MBP is Youngren3.

    The naming applies across all my devices. My iPad is YM16-iPAD-16G, short for (Y)oungren (M)obile 16, iPAD, 16 gigabyte.

    Just a system I came up with when trying to keep track of all my unique names was becoming a problem. This way I know everything I need to know in one name. The numbers for USB sticks and iDevices are a little looser as I've had multiples coming and going.

    Thanks! :D
     
  13. amagichnich macrumors regular

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    Anyone happen to know just where these "custom" drive icons are stored in the OS X hierarchy?
     
  15. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    I believe it's an .icns file that's stored in the Resources folder of the app package.

    Ex.:
    -Applications-Firefox.app.png
     
  16. amagichnich macrumors regular

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    But drives are no applications and have therefore no typical resources folder. Maybe they are in the finder.app resources
     
  17. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    You're right of course, my mistake!
     
  18. amagichnich macrumors regular

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    Happens :D I had to think twice too
     
  19. bobesch, Jun 11, 2017
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    Here: /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/
    (but I couldn't find the icon for usb-drives)
    Some nice cup-of-coffees at /System/Library/CoreServices/... "Jar..." and "Java..."
    Haha, and finally I found an icon for my Windows-VM's
    ...
     

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    What theme is that you're running to make the window flat and the buttons small? Looks great! :)
     
  22. eyoungren thread starter macrumors P6

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    Just my usual stuff. That happened to be on my MBP though so…Snow Leopard.
     
  23. RhianB, Jun 14, 2017
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    RhianB macrumors 6502

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    Pretty mundane drive icons on my desktop. Aside from my zipdrive icon, I'm using stock leopard icons.

    icons 6-13-17.jpg

    I'm stuck in the past ... and I like it. I mean I can't help it if Apple's millennial geniuses can't design icons worth a darn. :p
     

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