On 31/01/2016 16:22, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
I believe that if you label the partitions, they will show up with the labels,
just as USB sticks do. I also believe that you can use gparted to label the
partitions. I do not believe that labelling the partitions will affect their
behaviour under Windows.
Peter, useful suggestion. Doing this - indeed - changed the 'naming'
of the two partitions showing on the desktop, and in File Manager.
It's not quite perfect yet, I'll explain below.
For the record and to assist any Windows users who come to Fedora,
unless the partitions have been 'named' by windows, Fedora will list
them as '20 GB Volume' or some such, as Peter advised. F23/XFCE
includes gparted which will scan all partitions and the Windows
partitions, in this case, will show as 'unlabelled'. (Actually, on my
machine, the Windows 'Recovery' partition did show up with a name.)
gparted will let you rename these partitions but Windows does not like
system adjustments 'appearing' that it does not do, itself, because it
thinks such might be a symptom of a security problem. So I did not
use gparted to change the labels, but instead did so after rebooting
and loading Windows.
For completeness, here is what I did in Windows (XP in my case). In
Windows disk file manager, 'Explorer' or 'My Computer', I selected
each partition that I wanted to label and, using 'right-click', I
selected 'properties'. On the 'General' tab of the properties dialog
there is an entry field adjacent to a graphic of a disk drive. This
field contains the name (or 'label') of the partition; it was empty in
my case. Entering a name here means that the partition always has
this label or name, regardless of which OS is used to read it. I
changed my C drive to say 'WinC', and my D drive to say 'WinD'. On
rebooting back into Fedora 23, the two Windows partitions appeared on
the desktop, and in File manager, as WinC and WinD.
Almost perfect. I tend to use midnight commander a lot and, in F14, I
knew where to look for the WinC and WinD drives because I would have
mounted them under /mnt, /mnt/WinD as example. After naming the
partitions I could not find them in mc, anywhere. They were not under
/home/ron, nor under /mnt nor /media. Yet they must have been
somewhere because File Manager could use them. Eventually, I noticed
that File manager listed the 'path' where it found these partitions -
Of course this will work for me, but I won't easily remember this - I
use this machine only intermittently, mainly when I'm offsite.
Is there a way I can ask fedora to mount these at /mnt/WinD, for
example? Or, could I make a symlink at /mnt/WinD, to point to
/var/run/media/ron/WinD, and ensure that read and write works across
it? (I'm not exactly sure how symlinks work.)
Peter, thanks for the suggestion, it is much more suitable for our use
now because we can see which icon and name is which Windows drive.