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drewprops
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2022-07-30, 11:59

I feel like such a n00b asking this, but I want to rename the hard drive on my laptop.

Back in the day I renamed my hard drives (considering it "naming my computer") and even applied custom icons.

Not sure why I'm so timid about doing it now, but wondered if there was anything wrong about doing it these days.

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2022-07-30, 13:27

Nothing to stop you from renaming the boot drive, won't hurt anything.
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Brad
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2022-07-30, 14:55

I've been renaming my boot hard drive since the System 7 days back in the early '90s. Same since installing the Mac OS X Public Beta in 2000. Ditto for pasting on custom icons.

It's perfectly safe.





For the most part.

The only potentially risky thing is if you have spaces or "special" characters in the drive name. There was the infamous iTunes 2.0 installer bug about twenty years ago where an Apple engineer failed to handle spaces in drive names correctly, and it could result in wiping your whole system. Whoops! I haven't seen anything like that in a very long time, but I still stick to one-word drive names just to be safe.

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2022-07-30, 15:28

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The only potentially risky thing is if you have spaces or "special" characters in the drive name. There was the infamous iTunes 2.0 installer bug about twenty years ago where an Apple engineer failed to handle spaces in drive names correctly, and it could result in wiping your whole system. Whoops! I haven't seen anything like that in a very long time, but I still stick to one-word drive names just to be safe.
Yeah, but the OS is far more locked down these days anyways. Even an installer (which has root) can't really mess up the OS much.

That said, yes, escaping mistakes continue to be just as easy to make as they were in 2001, because apparently, programmers like pain (and for users to feel it).
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2022-07-30, 20:48

I dream of escaping my mistakes - but I actually do know what you mean

I'm looking forward to renaming my machine now!

Time to think of some good names...

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