I have a 2TB drive, when connecting to my Fedora workstation, it’s mounted using the UUID of the partition as the following:

# mount | grep sde1
/dev/sde1 on /run/media/kenno/f59ffb93-5a92-4af9-a9b5-19ca3bb8aa37 type ext4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,seclabel,uhelper=udisks2)

I think it’ll look nicer if it’s mounted with a shorter name, e.g. ‘Podcast’.

The filesystem for this drive is ext4. To create a label on the ext4 filesystem, we can use a program called e2label. The exact command is e2label device [ volume-label ] according to the man page.

My external disk shows is detected as /dev/sde, and the partition I want to create the label on is /dev/sde1.

First check what is the existing label on this partition:

# e2label /dev/sde1

It’s blank as expected. Let’s give it a label called Podcast:

# e2label /dev/sde1 Podcast
Recovering journal

We can also verify the label by running e2label command again:

# e2label /dev/sde1

From now on, when this drive is mounted from the Plasma file browser, Dolphin, the drive is mounted as Podcast.

# mount | grep sde1
/dev/sde1 on /run/media/kenno/Podcast type ext4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,seclabel,uhelper=udisks2)

To find out more:

  • man e2label