How to change the icon in a USB flash drive in Windows 10?

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How to change the icon in a USB flash drive in Windows 10?

Although Windows 10 uses a standard icon to identify storage drives, it is possible to configure a new one according to our preferences and assign it to the pen drive, so that when connected to the computer we can see the icon that was previously configured. In turn, you may be interested in disabling USB autoplay in Windows 10, which can be annoying.

Without further ado below, we present relevant information about USB flash drives and an effective procedure for changing the icon which identifies a Pendrive in Windows 10.



What is a USB memory?

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and refers to a portable data storage device that uses flash memory to store information.

Typically, USB memory sticks have capacities ranging from 1 Gb a 1 Tb. They use power from the USB port and are compatible with all operating systems.

What is a USB memory used for?

A USB memory or Pendrive comes used to store digital information and transport it from one place to another. In addition, it is very useful for starting and loading operating systems. A Pendrive has a memory that can be rewritten or erased.

How does a USB stick work?

A USB memory does not require a battery to function as it uses the power supply provided by the USB port. Furthermore, it does not have a mechanical structure and this gives it greater resistance to shocks and falls. Likewise, pendrives have a printed circuit board and a processor that acts as a controller.


A pendrive has an indicator of operation (LED) and a write protect switch. In addition, it contains an electronic component called a crystal oscillator which ensures the operation of the unit. For protection reasons, USB sticks are covered with a rubber cover and a cap on the USB connector.


Advantages of USB memory

One of the advantages of USB memory is its durability, which allows you to keep information for years. Also they can be overwritten up to about a million times, they store any type of information, cost little and take up little physical space.

Disadvantages of USB memory

Disadvantages of USB memory include sudden damage due to a major component failure, some voltage fluctuations or a computer virus attack, although there is also the possibility of repairing an unformatted USB. Also, since they are small units, they can be easily lost, hence the privacy of the information is lost .

Change the icon to a USB flash drive in Windows 10

If you want to change the standard icon with which Windows 10 identifies a USB memory, you must follow the procedure below.

Steps to change the icon in USB memory in Windows 10

  • Step 1: download an image in .ico format and save it on your hard drive. This will be the icon you will assign to your USB memory.
  • Step 2: one Once the icon has been downloaded, a text file must be created in the root of the USB memory. This file will have the name Autorun.inf and should contain the following information: [autorun] icon, = icon_usb.ico. Each factor should be placed on one line.
  • Step 3: save the Aurorun.inf file in the root of the USB stick together with the icon.
  • Step 4: restart the operating system and connect the USB stick. This way you will be able to see the new icon with your device.

By following the previous steps you will be able to correctly modify the your SD memory icon without major inconveniences and in this way you will customize the appearance of the Pendrive on your computer.



In addition to everything I have shown you before, we recommend that you block USB memories on your PC, which is useful in case many memories with these characteristics are used on your computer.


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