How to rename or label a disk drive

Tip: These steps only work for physical drives. If the drive has been created with the subst command or another software utility. You cannot rename the drives.

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8 users

  1. Open My Computer.
  2. From My Computer, right-click the drive you want to rename and click Properties. For example, if we wanted to rename the "Local Disk (C:)" seen in the image below we would right-click the drive icon.
  3. Within the Properties window, type the new name in the "Label" box and click Ok.

Local Disk (C:) in Windows

Note: Microsoft Windows users can also use the below command line steps to change the name of their drive.

Windows 3.x, MS-DOS, and Windows command line users

To change the name of a disk drive from an MS-DOS prompt, type the below text; substitute "hope" for what you want to name the drive.

label c: hope

The above example will rename your C: drive to hope. Substituting the c for any other drive letter will rename that drive.

Additional information

  • See the label command page for additional information about this command.
  • See the volume label definition for further information and related links.