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My Book (G:) icon is different

The My Book icon under "My Computer" folder was a blue "WD" when it was first installed. I have loaded some pictures and music onto the external hard drive since. Now that I have shut down and restarted my computer, the My Book icon itself is just a window with little icons. I have a PC. I want to know if there is something wrong.

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    When I try to do this, it says there is already a autorun that is read only on the drive.  But,  I do not see the file if I look in My Computer



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no you there iss no big problem.
The icon of your hdd iss created from the autorun.inf

Change hard drive icons Change hard drive icons:

To change the icon for your hard drive, create the
following file in notepad:


Notice it's two lines.
If your hard drive is C:
click Save As... and navigate to C:
and save it as autorun.inf
enclose it in quotes so Notepad won't put a .txt
on the end of it
The path specified is the typical Windows path
yours may vary, but you'll have that dll file.
The 36 at the end is the number of the icon I chose.
(Icons in a file are numbered, starting at 0.)
To see the change, open Windows Explorer; click
F5 if needed to refresh.
To preview your icon options, select an icon on
your desktop, right-click and select
Properties, then Change Icon. You can also select
any other .dll file in your computer, although most
won't have icons.
The common Windows icons are in
(xp = C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll)
You can also point to a single icon.
Using the example above:


I have three hard drives and nine partitions; under
WinMe, I had to move the icon/dll to each
partition and edit the autorun.ini, i.e.
C:\Windows\System\Pifmgr.dll,32 became Pifmgr.dll,32.
WinMe also wouldn't let me change the icons
for the primary partitions of the first two
drives, but did let me change the
primary partition icon of the third drive.

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An addition.

When I try to do this, it says there is already a autorun that is read only on the drive. But, I do not see the file if I look in My Computer - Guest

I had the same problem, the file is a pain in the *** to replace. This was my solution:

START -> RUN -> cmd \\opens command line

cd/d [drive letter]: \\changes active directory to root of target drive

DEL /F /A:H autorun.inf \\deletes autorun.inf; /F - negates read-only; /A:H - negates hidden reiterate, assuming your drive letter is, let's say G: (like in the original question) the solution should look like this:

C:\Documents and Setting\[yourusername]>CD/D G:\

G:\>DEL /F /A:H autorun.inf

(Only the bold text is what you should be typing.)

After you do this, follow no_pc-gst's instructions to choose a new icon.

the standard Hard Drive icon is:

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