How to rename or label a disk drive

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Windows logoMany users like to change the labels of their disk drives for one reason or another. Whether it's to keep things organized or personal preference, this document shows users how they may change the name of a drive.

Note: These steps only work for physical drives. If a drive has been created with the subst command or another software utility, you cannot rename it.

Note: While you can rename a removable drive, like an external hard drive or USB flash drive, after disconnecting and reconnecting the drive it reverts to its default name.

Note: This page explains how to change a drive label. We have a different page that shows users how to change a drive letter.

Microsoft Windows 95 and later

  1. Press the Windows Key, type My Computer (for Windows 95 through Windows 7) or This PC (for Windows 8 and Windows 19), then press Enter.
  2. From My Computer or This PC, right-click the drive you want to rename.

Local Disk (C:) in Windows

  1. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Properties.
  2. In the Properties window, under the General tab, type a new name in the Label box (A), click Apply (B), and then click OK (C).

An image showing how to rename a drive in Windows.

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

To change the name of a disk drive from an MS-DOS prompt, type command label, the drive letter you want to rename, and then choose a name. The example below would change the C: drive to the name "Hope"

label c: Hope