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19 How do I change my hard disk icon? (Macintosh system software)




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This article is from the Macintosh system software FAQ, by Elliotte Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

19 How do I change my hard disk icon? (Macintosh system software)

In System 7 you change the icon by cutting or copying an icon
from somewhere, Getting Info on the hard drive, and pasting the
icon into the Get Info box.

If the normal pasting of an icon onto your hard drive fails,
you'll need to perform some simple software repairs. You will
need a utility capable of changing information bits on files
and volumes such as ResEdit, the $10 shareware FileTyper 4.0,
or the payware DiskTop. See

<URL:ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/Apple.Support.Area/Developer_Services/Tool_Chest/Developer_Utilities/ResEdit_2.1.3/>
<URL:ftp://ftp.macfaq.com/pub/>

First turn the "Has Custom Icon" bit on the hard drive OFF. This
may be all you need to do so try pasting a new icon again. If this
still doesn't work, you need to delete the old icon first. This
icon is stored in a file called Icon\r on the root level of your
hard disk. (This file may have a different name in some
international systems. For instance in the Danish system it's
called Symbol\r.) Since the Icon\r file is invisible you'll need
to turn the Invisible bit of the file off to make the file visible.
Then trash it. Next create an empty folder, Get Info..., on the
folder and paste the icon you want for your hard drive in the
folder's Get Info box. Make the Icon\r file inside that folder
visible and move it to the root level of your hard drive. (You can
do this by dragging the file onto the icon of your hard disk.) Now
make the file invisible again. Use your utility to turn the "Has
Custom Icon" bit ON. Finally restart the computer and rebuild
the desktop.

In System 6 you must use the hard drive formatting software
to give the hard drive a new icon. You'll be limited to the
icons included with the formatter. You may be able to edit the
icons included with the formatter using a resource editing tool
like ResEdit.

 

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