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Monday, November 10, 2008

Label a Ext2 of Ext3 drive

I just recently discovered that you can put a label on an ext2 or an ext3 filesystem, just like you can with a msdos/fat or NTFS filesystem.
with gnome-volume-manager automounting removable disks, the EXT3 formatted disks in my usb enclosures are mounted as /media/usbdisk, that is, until I changed the label. Then it is mounted as /media/label, which is a lot more useful.
The label is set with:

e2label /dev/sdc1 yourlabel

Replace the partition with the one you want to set the label on.

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