Chromebooks come with very limited local storage. 16 GB is the standard size of Chromebook’s SSD card. This makes USB drives and SD cards popular among Chromebook users. The Files app allows you to access contents from external devices such as USB drives and SD cards. It can also helps you format such drives. One thing that it cannot do however is rename those external storage devices.
This is about to change.
According to a recent code change request in Chromium repository, the team is working on this feature and preparing the UI. You will be able to right click an external device from the Files app app, or even better, use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ ENTER to rename the volume.
Files App: Prepare UI for rename external USB/SD drive
This CL prepares UI for rename external USB/SD drive in Files App and returns updated values from OnFormatCompleted. Because backend for this issue has not been finished yet I have added command line argument ‘–enable-external-drive-rename’ which is used to enable UI part of the feature. This CL also decouples external mount point name (volumeId) and actual device’s name. Therefore this CL also includes changes in OnFormatCompleted to update device\’s volume name and file system type of the drive. Volume name is used for visual presentation in tree view in Files App where external disks are listed, and disk file system type is used to determine how long can new name for an external drive be and if system even supports renaming for the drive.
As a result, when ‘–enable-external-drive-rename’ flag is enabled you should be able to see rename option under ‘Format device’ in context menu or through shortcut Ctrl+Enter. Second visible change is decoupled external drive name and its mount point. Now you should also see entries with the exact same name if you use two or more partitions/disks with the exact same name.
This might take weeks or months before showing up in the Stable channel release of Chrome OS. This is not an experimental feature that the team is playing with, so we don’t have to worry about the whole idea getting cancelled before it reaches the Stable channel!
Does this make you happy?