How to label a partition

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Labelling a partition can be quite handy, especially for partitions on usb drives that usually get auto-mounted to a folder that corresponds to their label.

Usually the label is set when the partition is created. If the label is not explicitly specified, it is usually auto-generated. To change the label, there are a couple of tools available:

ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions

You can either use e2label

# e2label device [newlabel]

or tune2fs

# tune2fs -L [newlabel] device

FAT/FAT16/FAT32 partitions

Again, there are multiple tools available, from simple perl scripts to mtools, but the easiest to use is probably dosfslabel from the dosfstools package

# yum install dosfstools
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# dosfslabel device [newlabel]

NTFS partitions

ntfslabel is available as part of the ntfsprogs package

# yum install ntfsprogs
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# ntfslabel device [newlabel]

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