While external hard drive and memory cards were previously not devices that were used by everyone, our increasingly computer-driven and data-dependent culture has demanded that people become familiar with and learn how to use external storage options. Whether it’s a memory card for your camera or an external hard drive for your music and movies, chances are high that you’ve needed to connect one of them to your computer. But as you begin to accumulate more and more of these storage devices, it can become difficult to remember which one is which, especially if you have multiple ones connected to your computer at once. Luckily you can rename a memory card in Windows 7 and give yourself a little more organization.
Renaming a Memory Card in Windows 7
A lot of computers now are coming with memory card slots or drives that allow you to easily insert them into your computer. But you may be limited by the number of slots you have, so I personally like to use something like this Sony USB memory card reader. It connects easily through a USB port and provides several card slots for different types of media. So whichever method you use to connect your memory cards to your computer, you can use the steps below to rename them.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen, then click the Computer option at the right side of the menu.
Step 2: Right-click the memory card that you want to rename, then click the Rename option. Note that you can click either the icon at the right part of the window, or the name at the left side of the window.
Step 3: Type your desired name into the field, then press Enter on your keyboard. Note that you are limited in the number of characters that you can use, so keep the name as short as possible.
The name will take effect instantly, and you will be able to identify that card by that name the next time you connect it to your computer.
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