How to change the usb or external hard drive icon

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Tired of default device icons? You can change the default icon for USB and external devices with a custom .ico file. Here is how to do it.

When you connect a USB or external hard drive, the default icon makes it look like any other drive in Windows. It can be difficult to distinguish between a system drive and an external or USB drive. If you have more than one USB drive, we recommend changing the external drive icon to a custom icon.

Adding a custom icon to a USB drive not only gives it a custom look, but also makes it easier to find among other drives and partitions.

This quick guide will show you how to change the icon for USB devices in Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7.

Before proceeding, make sure you have a custom icon in .ico format. If you do not have one, download one from a website such as IconArchive. You can also convert existing JPG or PNG images to the ICO format.

The following procedure works the same in Windows 10 and 11.

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