Rename Drive or Volume Label in Windows 11

By default, Windows names every drive you connect to your computer. You can, however, change the volume labels to be more descriptive.

A unique name of up to 32 characters for NTFS drives or 11 characters for FAT drives, including spaces, can be assigned. While NTFS drives can have mixed-case labels, FAT drives, regardless of how they are entered, are always stored in uppercase. We’ll show you six different ways to change the volume label on Windows.

 

1. Using File Explorer, change the volume label
The quickest way to change the volume label in Windows is to use File Explorer. On Windows, it’s as simple as renaming a file. Here’s how to go about it.

To open File Explorer, press Win + E.
Navigate to This PC using the left pane.
Rename your drive by right-clicking it.
Enter a new name for your drive and click OK.
Changing the name of a drive in a File Explorer window
Continue by clicking the button.
To proceed with the change, you’ll need to enter the administrator’s password if you’re using a Standard account.

 

2. Use the Settings App to Change the Volume Label
The Disks & volumes section of the Settings app allows you to manage drives and perform advanced storage-related tasks. You can change the volume label, as well as the drive letter and format a drive, from this menu.

To change the volume label in the Settings app, follow these steps:

To open the Settings app, press Win + I.
Select Storage from the System tab.
Click Disks & volumes after expanding Advanced storage settings.
Settings app’s advanced storage options
Open the Properties dialogue box for the drive you want to rename.
Change the label by clicking the Change label button.
Give your drive a name and click Apply.

3. Use the Disk Management Tool to change the volume label.
If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, you can quickly rename a drive on your PC using Windows’ Disk Management tool. Here’s how you can do it.

To open the Run dialogue box, press Win + R. In the Open field, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.
Right-click on the drive you want to rename in the Disk Management window and select Properties.
Window for Disk Management
In the text box on the General tab, enter a new label for the drive.
Select Apply, then OK.

4. Using Command Prompt, change the volume label
You can change the volume label on Windows by running a few commands if you’re a power user who prefers to make changes through the command-line interface. Fortunately, this isn’t as frightening as it sounds.

To change the volume name in Command Prompt, follow these steps:

Select Terminal (Admin) from the menu that appears by pressing Win + X.
When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, select Yes.
Run the following commands in the console to see a list of drives connected to your system.

 

diskpart
list volume

 

Note down the letter associated with your drive from the Ltr column.
Type the following command and press Enter to exit DiskPart:
exit
Run the following command to change the volume name:
label <DriveLetter>: <DriveName>
Replace <DriveLetter> in the above command with the drive letter noted earlier. Likewise, replace <DriveName> with the actual name that you wish to use.

So, for instance, if you were to rename the drive E to Backup, here’s what your command should be:

label E: Backup
Command to change drive label in the Terminal window
If you already know the drive letter, you can change the volume name by running a single command mentioned in the last step. For more, why not try some fun tricks in the Command Prompt?

 

5. Modify the Volume Label by Making Use of PowerShell
Windows PowerShell, like Command Prompt, can be used to rename drives on your computer. What you’ll need to do is as follows.

To open the search menu, press Win + S. Enter Windows PowerShell and choose Run as administrator.
When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, select Yes.
To view a list of drives on your computer, use the following command:

get-volume

Note down the letter of the drive you want to rename from the DriveLetter column.
Run the following command to change the volume label:
set-volume -driveletter <DriveLetter> -newfilesystemlabel “<DriveName>”
First, replace<DriveLetter> in the above command with the drive letter noted in the last step. Next, replace <DriveName> with the actual name you want to use.

For instance, you would enter this command to rename the drive E to Backup:

set-volume -driveletter E -newfilesystemlabel “Backup”

 

 

6. Use Registry Editor to Change Volume Label
Windows’ Registry Editor stores critical files for Windows and its services. If you are a power user who is familiar with the Registry Editor, you can change the volume name using the method described below.

It is critical to understand that modifying registry files without knowledge can result in irreversible damage to your system. As a result, you should only use this method if you are familiar with editing registry files. Also, before proceeding with the changes below, make a backup of all your registry files or create a restore point.

 

Press Win + R to open the Run dialog. Type regedit in the text box and press Enter.
Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
Use the left pane to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer.
Explorer key in the Registry Editor window
Within the Explorer key, locate a key named DriveIcons. If you can’t find it, right-click on the Explorer key and choose New > Key. Name it DriveIcons.
Right-click on the DriveIcons key and select New > Key. Name it the letter of the drive you want to rename. For instance, if you were to change the label for E drive, you should create a key named E.

 

Within the newly created key, create another key and name it DefaultLabel.
Select the DefaultLabel key and double-click the (Default) value from the right pane.
In the Value data field, specify a name for your drive and hit OK.
Editing registry value data
Exit the Registry Editor window and restart your PC to apply the changes.

 

Changing Windows Volume Labels
You can easily distinguish your drives by giving them descriptive names. On Windows, you can rename drives using any method you want. After you’ve sorted out your volume labels, don’t forget that there are other ways to categorise your volumes in Windows.

 

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