How to Change Drive or Volume Label in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to rename a drive or volume label in Windows 11.

Windows and drive manufactures assign user friendly names to internal and external drives or volumes. The default internal local drive (C:) will always be called Local Disk as its volume label.

A USB thumb or flash drive will have a USB Drive label typically or the brand name and model of the USB drive.

A volume formatted using NTFS can have a label with up to 32 characters in length, including spaces. A drive formatted using FAT32 can have a label with up to 11 characters in length.

We showed you how to mount a folder as a drive in Widows. You can use this method to rename the drive label.

Below is how to change or rename a volume label in Windows 11.

How to rename volume or drive label in Widows 11

As described above, Windows and drive manufactures assign user friendly names to internal and external drives or volumes.

Windows also allows users to change a drive or volume label, however, users must be members of the administrators group or equivalent.

You cannot change a CD/DVD drive label.

There are multiple ways to change a drive label. One such method is to use File Explorer.

Open File Explorer, then select This PC from the left or press the Win+E keys on your keyboard.

In File Explorer, right click on the drive and select the Rename command on the content menu or press F2.

windows 11 rename command drive

The Rename command opens a text box to type in a new name. Press Enter to complete the name change.

windows 11 rename text

If prompted, click the Continue button.

change drive label prompt

Alternatively, right-click on the volume or drive you want to rename. The select Properties. On the Properties window, under General, type in a new name for the label and click OK to save.

windows 11 change volume label

How to rename volume or drive via Windows Settings app

Yet another way one can change or rename a volume in Windows 11 is via its Settings app.

To do that, select Start and select Windows Settings app.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the System on the left, then select the Storage tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows system storage tile

On the System > Storage settings pane, select the Advanced storage settings tile to expand.

windows storage advanced storage settings

Next, select Disk & volumes tile as highlighted below.

windows 11 disks and volumes tile

On System => Storage => Disk & volumes settings pane, select the drive you want to change its label to expand. Then click the Properties button for the drive.

windows 11 disk and volume properties

On the Properties window, under Volume Data, click on the Change label button.

windows 11 change drive label settings

On the pop-up window, type in a new volume label name and click Apply.

windows 11 new drive label

That should do it!


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