New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Changing the Icon on a Flash Drive


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
tankedinatutu

 
Member Since: Jul 01, 2013
Posts: 2
tankedinatutu is on a distinguished road

tankedinatutu is offline
I've followed the directions (found across the internet) about how to change the icon on your flash drive. I go to the "get info" menu on both the flash drive and the icon, copy the image of the icon from the upper left and paste it into the selected flash drive icon in the "get info" menu for the flash drive. I used to only get an .ico or .icns preview icon, but now I get what looks like a random vectored shaped which intersects an .ico/.icns preview icon. I've included a picture below.

I'm not sure anyone else is having this problem (I haven't run into it on any other forums), and I'm only having it with one flash drive. I've successfully changed all of the icons for the folders on my desktop and another flash drive. Any suggestions?

QUOTE Thanks
Lifeisabeach

 
Lifeisabeach's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 6,993
Lifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i3 (mid-2010) + OS 10.9; TV 3; iPhone 5S; iPad 4

Lifeisabeach is offline
You are doing this wrong. The best way to do this is to open the ICO file in a graphics viewer or editor (Xee will do). Once open, press CMD-C to copy the image, then go to the "Get Info" window of your flash drive; click on the drive's icon to make it active (highllights in blue); then press CMD-V to paste it.

Doing it the way you are normally just pastes the generic file type icon as set by the default application for that file type. Though why yours looks so weird, I cannot account for.


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
------
Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
------
Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.
QUOTE Thanks
tankedinatutu

 
Member Since: Jul 01, 2013
Posts: 2
tankedinatutu is on a distinguished road

tankedinatutu is offline
It worked! Awesome. I guess what was tripping me up is that the way I was doing it worked - just not on this particular drive. It was kind of a pain in the butt that I had to download an entire program to do this, but it actually worked, so that's cool. Thanks!
QUOTE Thanks
Lifeisabeach

 
Lifeisabeach's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 30, 2007
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 6,993
Lifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond reputeLifeisabeach has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i3 (mid-2010) + OS 10.9; TV 3; iPhone 5S; iPad 4

Lifeisabeach is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by tankedinatutu View Post
It worked! Awesome. I guess what was tripping me up is that the way I was doing it worked - just not on this particular drive. It was kind of a pain in the butt that I had to download an entire program to do this, but it actually worked, so that's cool. Thanks!
No prob. I should also point out that ICO files are the native format for Windows, not OS X. OS X treats it like a single PNG image file. If you can download your icons as ICNS, then OS X will use it "properly". By that... well you can just drag/drop the file into the icon slot in "Get Info" for your flash drive and the icon will change. No need to use a graphics viewer/editor and copy/paste. Also, an ICNS may have that icon embedded in multiple resolutions optimized for your screen resolution and how big or small you have the icon showing on screen. In other words, ICNS will scale better.


Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
------
Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
------
Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.
QUOTE Thanks
SquirrellyOne

 
Member Since: Dec 26, 2013
Posts: 1
SquirrellyOne is on a distinguished road

SquirrellyOne is offline
I had the same problem. All of my folders and icons were working fine until I tried to change the icon for my thumb drive, a SanDisk Ultra 32gb microSD card in a USB card reader. I tried the above solutions to no avail. For some reason, I decided to change the name of the drive. I changed icons to see if that resolved the issue, and it did. However, when I changed icons again, the pixel garbage returned. I renamed the drive a second time and installed the icon I wanted, and it has been stable ever since. It will probably fail now that I have posted about it, but that is another thing to try if the above solutions fail.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Mac App Store | Formatting/partitioning new drive »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
disk utility won't recognize internal drive unless system is booted from external dri Mandochamp OS X - Operating System 0 10-02-2012 01:48 PM
Another MacBook Hard Drive Replacement Experience caribiner23 Apple Notebooks 29 11-24-2011 12:16 AM
Trouble booting from Snow Leopard installation flash drive extremelychewy OS X - Operating System 4 08-24-2011 12:08 PM
USB flash drive problems MattChicago Switcher Hangout 6 04-21-2009 07:57 AM
Changing Windows Icon? MacBurg Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac 0 02-09-2007 06:54 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?