How To Change Vollumes In Mac Terminal

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Changing volumes in the Mac terminal can be a useful skill to have, especially if you often find yourself working with different storage devices or partitions. In this article, I will guide you through the process of changing volumes in the Mac terminal, providing detailed steps and personal commentary along the way.

Step 1: Open the Terminal

To begin, open the Terminal application on your Mac. You can do this by navigating to Applications > Utilities, or by using the Spotlight search and typing “Terminal”. Once the Terminal window is open, you’ll be ready to start changing volumes.

Step 2: List Available Volumes

Before you can change the volume, you need to know the available options. In the Terminal window, type the following command:

diskutil list

This command will display a list of all the volumes currently connected to your Mac. Take note of the volume you want to change, as you will need its identifier in the next steps.

Step 3: Unmount the Volume

Before you can change the volume, you must first unmount it. This ensures that no files are being accessed on the volume while you make changes. In the Terminal window, use the following command, replacing “[VolumeIdentifier]” with the identifier of the volume you want to change:

diskutil unmount [VolumeIdentifier]

For example, if the volume identifier is “disk2s1”, the command would be:

diskutil unmount disk2s1

Note that if the volume is in use, you may receive an error message. Make sure all files and applications associated with the volume are closed before attempting to unmount it again.

Step 4: Change the Volume

Now that the volume is unmounted, you can proceed with changing it. In the Terminal window, use the following command, replacing “[VolumeIdentifier]” with the identifier of the volume you want to change and “[NewVolumeName]” with the desired name for the new volume:

diskutil renameVolume [VolumeIdentifier] [NewVolumeName]

For example, if the volume identifier is “disk2s1” and you want to change the volume name to “NewVolume”, the command would be:

diskutil renameVolume disk2s1 NewVolume

The Terminal will display a success message if the volume name was changed successfully.

Step 5: Mount the Volume

After changing the volume, you need to mount it again to access its contents. In the Terminal window, use the following command, replacing “[VolumeIdentifier]” with the identifier of the volume you changed:

diskutil mount [VolumeIdentifier]

For example, if the volume identifier is “disk2s1”, the command would be:

diskutil mount disk2s1

The Terminal will display a success message if the volume was mounted successfully.

Conclusion

Changing volumes in the Mac terminal can be a powerful tool for managing your storage devices. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily change the name of a volume in the Terminal. Remember to unmount the volume before making any changes, and always double-check your commands to avoid any unintended consequences. With practice, you’ll become a confident user of the Mac Terminal’s volume management capabilities.