I had previously voiced my fondness for fast and expensive flash drives . Windows is lacking in visuals when it comes to displaying attached drives, but it’s easily fixable by attaching custom icons for better usability.
- Go to site of flash drive manufacturer and look for photos. They are not shy to include those so should be easy.
- Choose image that would remain recognizable when resized to small icon.
- Grab image and icon editors of your choice (I use Paint.NET and IcoFX , both covered in my screenshoting series).
- Make and save icon. You need 48x48 size for Windows XP. I think Vista supports larger sizes – icon format can hold few different sizes in single file.
Create plain text file named autorun.inf with following content (replacing file name with what file you created):
Link for lazy https://www.rarst.net/script/autorun.inf
Autorun is widely used by viruses, some antiviruses overreact and kill it on sight – so create backup for such cases.
Put it all on drive
Copy icon and autorun to the root directory of your flash drive, unplug and next time you plug it in – it will have custom icon.