A volume label, also called volume name, refers to the name of a digital device like hard disk partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive or other storage media. You can easily know what kind of data the device contains by assign a unique volume label to the device.
On Window computer, the internal hard disk partition often shows as Local Disk C, Local Disk D, Local Disk E, etc without a volume label. Sometimes, people consider the "Local Disk" as its volume label. A removable disk was usually labeled with its brand or model.
You can see the volume label of any disk by opening My Computer.
As the image showing below, the words in the red circle is volume label
Whether you want to change volume label of internal hard disk partition or USB drive, external hard drive, you can use any of methods below:
Step1. Right click the partition that you want to reassigned a volume label and click Properties option
Step2. Enter the volume label you want to give to the selected drive and then click OK button
Right click the drive you want to rename and then click Rename option and then enter a new name to the selected drive
When you format any disk on your computer, you can change its drive label
Step1. Right click the device and click Format option
Step2. Enter a new label for the device and click Start to format
Notice: Format will erase the selected device, so move all data to another device in advance!
This method is easy and does not touch any data, you just need to follow the guide below:
Step1. Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad to launch Notepad
The methods to run Notepad may be different on different Windows.
Step2. Rename the Notepad as autorun.inf and open it. Then, enter following contents without quotes to the Notepad:
label= New Volume Label"
(New Volume Label refers to the label you want to assign to the disk)
Step3. Save the Notepad to the disk that you want to change volume label.
If it is a removable disk like USB stick, external HDD or memory stick, you can remove it from your computer and then reinsert it to see its volume label after changing.
You can run Command Prompt and enter following command to change label of disk partition with Command Line:
Type label [drive letter][volume label]
If you type label d: my disk, you will rename the label of D drive as my disk
==>> To learn how to run Command Prompt on different computers, please refer to: All methods to open command prompt
In addition to all methods above, you can use a free tool IM-Magic Partition Resizer to rename volume label. This software enables you to change drive label with 2 steps:
Step1. Right click the partition and select and select "Change Label".
Step2. Enter a new label and click "OK" button
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