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What's the easiest way to rename (change the volume label of) a fat16 volume (e.g. on a USB drive) from linux? It seems like mlabel from the mtools package is meant to do this, but the documentation is not geared to rapid assimilation.

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Try sudo mlabel -i <device> ::<label>, for example sudo mlabel -i /dev/sdb1 ::new_label.

Reference: RenameUSBDrive on the Ubuntu community documentation.

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Thanks. Figured this one myself, and answered with a bit more info at my cross-post –  intuited Dec 19 '10 at 7:41

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