Changing Device Name in Safely Remove Hardware applet

Once you have a few USB devices (say, an external drive, a flash drive, and an iPod), it’s difficult to tell at a glance which one you’re using when you go to the Safely Remove Hardware applet because they all say USB Mass Storage Device.

Safely Remove Hardware applet

You can give a more descriptive name by changing it with the registry editor.  Here’s how:

Look in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB.  You’ll see entries for items like Vid_0781&Pid_5406.  Start with the first one and expand it; you’ll see a key under it like 0000060328042087.  Click on the key and look at the LocationInformation value under it.  You’ll see a friendlier name there:

USB Device in Registry Editor

You may have to expand several to find the device that you want.  Once you’ve done so, you’ll need to right-click on the key, choose Permissions, and allow Full Control for Everyone to be able to edit it.  Double-click Device Description and enter a new description in the dialog box:

Dialog for changing device name

Now your Safely Remove Hardware screen looks sensible:

Safely Remove Hardware applet


8 thoughts on “Changing Device Name in Safely Remove Hardware applet

  1. Nice trick, something I am definitely going to use. Also, instead of having to look folder by folder in the registry, you can hook up your USB device and look at Device Manager, right click your USB device and click Properties, and then Details. That will give you the corresponding folder name under the registry.

  2. You can also go into Computer Management > Libraries > Properties and edit name or description under General tab.

  3. Unless I am wrong, this will only fix the “Safely Remove Hardware” name on your own computer. Is there any thing that can be done to the flash drive so that it will have a custom “SRH” name on all computers (like work or school where users may not have admin access)?

  4. Not that I’m aware of Adam. The only way I can think of to do that would be to have a custom driver for the flash drive so that it wasn’t using USB Mass Storage Device, and that’s more of a pain than changing the name through the registry…

  5. Suppose we want to change name of any DEVICE other then storage device like for WIFI adapter. then wat should be done. Kindly reply

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