How to change drive volume label name on Windows 11

You can change the volume label name to anything you want, and in this guide, you will learn how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 change drive label
Windows 11 change drive label
  • To change volume label on Windows 11, open File Explorer > This PC, right-click the drive, choose “Rename,” type the new label name, and press “Enter.”
  • Alternatively, open PowerShell (admin) and run the ‘Set-Volume -DriveLetter DRIVER-LETTER -NewFileSystemLabel “NEW-LABEL”‘ command to change the volume label name.

On Windows 11, you can assign a custom label for each volume that appears in File Explorer, and in this guide, you will learn how. Every formatted volume on a hard drive includes a label name in addition to the drive letter to help you quickly identify the storage. The only caveat is that the default names (“Local Disk” and “New Volume”) that are assigned automatically aren’t descriptive enough to make it useful.

If you want to make each volume easier to identify in File Explorer, Windows 11 allows you to change the label to anything you want. However, you can use up to 32 characters or up to 11 characters for drives using NTFS or FAT file systems, respectively.

This guide will teach you three ways to change the label name of the hard drive on Windows 11.

Change volume label from File Explorer

To change the volume label on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer on Windows 11.

  2. Click on This PC from the left pane.

  3. Under the “Devices and drives” section, right-click the drive and select the Rename option.

    File Explorer rename drive

  4. Confirm a new label for the drive volume and press Enter.

    Drive new label

Once you complete the steps, File Explorer will reflect the new label on the hard drive.

Change volume label from Properties

To rename the drive from the storage properties settings page, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on This PC from the left pane.

  3. Under the “Devices and drives” section, right-click the drive and select the Properties option.

    File Explorer drive context menu

  4. Click the General tab.

  5. Confirm a new label name for the volume.

    Driver properties change name

  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the new name will appear on the storage.

Change volume label from PowerShell

To set a new drive name with PowerShell commands on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to list all the volumes and press Enter:

    Get-Volume
  4. Type the following command to change the volume label and press Enter:

    Set-Volume -DriveLetter DRIVER-LETTER -NewFileSystemLabel "NEW-LABEL"

    In the command, change “DRIVE-LETTER” and “NEW-LABEL” for the drive letter and label you want to use (see step 3). For instance, this command renames the drive “C” to “System:”

    Set-Volume -DriveLetter C -NewFileSystemLabel "System"

    PowerShell change driver name

Once you complete the steps, the new storage label will be reflected on Windows 11.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].