Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Change filesystem label in Ubuntu 14.04

You probably noticed that drives in Ubuntu, by default, have their names by its size, not by operating system on it or by description of content. That's annoying me.

To change that, You need two packages: e2fsprogs and ntfs-3g.

First package contains e2label tool, for changing ext2, ext3 or ext4 filesystem label. And second contains ntfslabel tool for changing ntfs (Windows) filesystem label.

I think both e2fsprogs and ntfs-3g are installed by default in Ubuntu 14.04.

To change Your Linux or Windows filesystem label, do:

sudo ntfslabel WIN-DEVICE NEW-LABEL

Replace LINUX-DEVICE and WIN-DEVICE with appropriate ones (i.e. /dev/sda2 or /dev/sda5). Replace NEW-LABELs with desired names, too.

See picture above for diffs.

For more options, see man pages of the tools.