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I'm running Xubuntu 14.04 and I have an issue with the labels of my EXT formatted disks on my graphical desktop:

  • Disk one is shown as foo. When I right click the disk and choose "Properties", this also shows foo in the name field.
  • Disk two is shown as 4,0 TB Volume. When I right click the disk and choose "Properties", this shows bar, which is the name I want this disk to have.

Why is the name/label for one disk showing but not the other? As far as I can tell, they are identical, as they were formatted at the same time and with the same filesystem (ext3 or ext4, I can't remember).

edit: Both of the disks are mounted at /media/user/volumename and bar is obviously called bar there as well, but XFCE does not seem to recognize that name when displaying the same disk on the desktop. Why is that?

edit2: Turns out that the partition is missing a label. By launching sudo gparted and examining the two disks, it clearly shows that the "Label" column exists for the foo partition, but not for the bar partition. However, I can't unmount it, I get this:

$ sudo umount /media/user/bar 
[sudo] password: 
umount: /media/user/bar: device is busy.
        (In some cases useful info about processes that use
        the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))

But nothing seems to be using it:

$ fuser -mv /dev/sdd2
                     USER        PID ACCESS COMMAND
/dev/sdd2:           root     kernel mount /media/user/bar
                     root     kernel knfsd /media/user/bar

Anyway, I guess the answer here is that I need to apply a label, somehow, to the partition for it to show.

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Do you have the drive mounted? If so, unmount it. – saiarcot895 Jun 1 '14 at 12:38

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