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I would like to display a different name of these items - that would indicate for example that one is windows partition, other ubuntu, etc.

Is it feasible?

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see also unix.stackexchange.com/q/3486/13011 –  Nikos Alexandris Jul 8 '13 at 14:34
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Yes, but not through thunar. Mapping a name directly with partition is something that not even supported by dolphin.

What you should do is add a disk label instead, for linux ones, use tune2fs to set a label, i.e to label the partition /dev/sda1 with Ubuntu (JUST AN EXAMPLE!), you do a sudo tune2fs -L Ubuntu /dev/sda1

For windows one, just boot into your Windows and rename it in My Computer (Press F2 when you selected the target drive, and type in the letter), afterwards, the drive would have a label displayed.

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could you explain a bit "add a disk label instead, for linux ones, use tune2fs -L XX /dev/yyy to set a label"? what is that: a command to run in terminal i guess. but is it a general one with variables? could you explain or link to a tutorial, i'm newbie. or maybe just add some details (i'm using thunar in mint and lubuntu) –  cipricus Feb 8 '13 at 12:45
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@cipricus updated the answer, if you also don't know how to figure out which partition is used by which OS, i'll add more stuff –  warl0ck Feb 8 '13 at 13:59
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Meanwhile, in a different circumstance, as I was managing partitions in Gparted, I noticed the option 'Label' that could be accessed for unmounted partitions

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This label is the one in Thunar's side pane. Any partition, including Windows can be renamed in this way.

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