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Is it possible to rename a hard drive's hardware name? (The name that shows up in the BIOS, or with Disk Utility in a Mac)?

eg:

WD1502FAEX

I'm asking because I'm about to get two identical hard drives, and I don't want them to be a pain to distinguish in between when formatting or booting.

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That information seems to be stored on the device item itself (as in firmware of the drive). I can't figure out which is which half the time myself :-). Only tips would be , The port it is on (sata ports are numbered) It can be Partition different to provide clues. Names, not letters, because letters are assigned, make sure you put Name labels on disk/partitions. I have even gone to the extent of adding the array and port info to the name because it will show up in most locations. During setup add One or 2 at a time, so you know which is which, small sticker on wires and drive show port. –  Psycogeek Feb 20 '12 at 9:13
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I always thought the bios or utility should list drives by serial number, would make more sense and put a stop to the confusion. –  Moab Feb 20 '12 at 17:20
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No. Your best option is to manually determine the drives by plugging the first drive into the SATA port, give it a NAME in your OS (Windows or Linux), label the cable physically, and then attach the second drive to SATA and give it a label.

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Damn, was hoping there was a hack or something. I'm sure there's a good reason why it's this way-- but it sure is a pain in a multi-drive setup. –  incarna Feb 21 '12 at 0:01
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