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Hard drive icon has changed. How do I fix it?

By ingeborgdot
Apr 4, 2007
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  1. I clicked on the my computer icon yesterday and noticed that the icon for one of my hard drives had changed to a different icon. It is the one that is like a piece of paper with the corner folded slightly and has another picture of a screen or whatever. It is the one you get when your computer doesn't know how to read it. It still opens fine but how do I change it to its original icon? I have xp pro.
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 668

    From HERE

    This happens due to any of the following reasons:

    1.Presence of the file named Autorun.inf in the Drive's root folder (say C:\ )

    2.Uninstallation of a third-party theme or an icon library has failed to remove the drive icon settings in the registry

    RESOLUTION

    Enable Windows to Show all files(Tools/folder options/view/) and then locate the file Autorun.inf and delete it from the root folder.
    Restart Windows.

    If that does not help, try this:

    Open Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and navigate to the following location:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion \Explorer \DriveIcons \<drive>

    Example:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer\DriveIcons \C


    Backup the key by exporting it as a REG file (right click/export).

    After backing up the key, delete the <drive> key from the registry.

    Navigate to the following key, backup and delete the <drive> key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Applications \explorer.exe \ Drives\<drive>

    Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    go to properties, change icon. Select the one you want or insert the one you want.
  4. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 756

    Properties don't work here. It just brings up the box for tools, and other things. You can't do that with properties in the my computer folder. I fixed it anyway. I had to open hidden files and delete an autorun file. It worked after I restarted.
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