In Windows, every drive and storage device uses a friendly name that helps you identify it. For instance, the drive that holds your Windows operating system is called Local Disk , while a USB memory stick will have no name or it will use the default name of Removable Disk. Although Windows sets default names for every drive, you might want to customize the drives from your computer so that you can recognize them more eas ily. In this guide we’ll share four ways in which you can rename any drive in Windows.
NOTE: T he following methods work for renaming hard disk drives, removable hard drives, USB memory sticks and flash drives. They do not work for optical drives like Blu-ray drives or CD/DVD drive. All the instructions shared in this guide apply to Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
1. How to label and rename a drive using Windows/File Explorer
If you are using Windows 7, launch Windows Explorer and click on Computer in the left menu.
If you use Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, launch File Explorer and go to the This PC section.
Then, click or tap the drive that you want to rename, to select it. For example, in the screenshot below, I have selected the C: drive, which holds my Windows 10 operating system.
Then, right click or tap and hold on the drive’s name and then press Rename in the contextual menu that is shown. If you prefer, you can also double click/tap slowly (click/tap, wait a second and then click/tap again) on the drive’s name.
Windows/File Explorer will change the drive’s name into an editable field. Type the name you want to set for your drive and press Enter on your keyboard to apply the name change. Note that, instead of pressing the Enter key, you can also simply click or tap anywhere on the screen outside the drive’s name to apply it.
If the drive you want to rename contains system files, Windows will ask you to provide administrator permission in order for the new name to be set. If it does, click or tap Continue.
The drive now bears the new name you chose for it.
2. How to label and rename a drive using Computer Management or Disk Management
Another method to rename drives in Windows is to use the Disk Management snap-in from the Computer Management console. Start by launching Computer Management. If you don’t know how, this article will tell you how to do it in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7: Reasons why Computer Management is our favorite administrative tool.
Once you’ve launched Computer Management , go to the Disk Management section by clicking or tapping on the option with the same name from the left menu.
If you prefer using the simpler tool called Disk Management , launch it by following the steps described in the first section of this guide: How to manage partitions with the Disk Management tool, in Windows.
Regardless of whether you chose to use Computer Management or Disk Management , right click or tap and hold on the drive that you want to rename. Then, click or tap the Properties option.
The drive’s Properties window is now open. In the General tab, enter the new name that you want the drive to use and then click or tap on OK to save your change.
If you open Windows/File Explorer you will see that the drive’s name is now changed to whatever you chose.
3. How to label and rename a drive using the Command Prompt or PowerShell
If you’re more of a keyboard kind guy or gal and you prefer using text commands then you’ll surely like the label command. This command lets you rename any drive straight from the Command Prompt or from PowerShell.
Start by launching a Command Prompt or a PowerShell instance with administrator rights. If you don’t know how to do that, these two guides will help you : 7 Ways To Launch The Command Prompt In Windows and Simple questions: What is PowerShell & What can you do with it?.
To change a drive’s name using this method, you will have to know its drive letter. Once you do, use Command Prompt or PowerShell to run this command:
label C: NewName
Note that the C: letter from the example above is the drive letter of the drive that you want renamed. And the NewName text is the name you want to set for that drive. For instance, if I want to rename my D: drive to Data , the command I’d use is: label D: Data. Just like this:
Or, in PowerShell , like this:
The label command doesn’t acknowledge that it’s worked in Command Prompt , nor in PowerShell. But, if you will look at your drive in Windows/File Explorer , you will see that the drive has been renamed just like you asked.
4. How to label and rename a drive using an Autorun.inf file
This method works best for removable drives, but it can also be used for your PC’s internal hard disk drives. When Windows mounts a drive, it checks if a file called exactly autorun.inf exists on it. This file can contain information about the name of that drive and the icon it should have. If such information is present, Windows will use it to display the drive in Windows/File Explorer and in any other places.
If you feel a bit geeky and you like to personalize your stuff a lot, then you will most likely love this method of customizing your removable drives. We’ve shown all the cool stuff about these autorun.inf files and the steps you must take in order to create them, in this tutorial: How to set a custom icon & label for removable drives in Windows.
As you’ve seen, labeling and renaming drives in Windows is easy. Plus, there are many ways in which you can do it, that suit all kinds of users. These are the four ways which we know that work in all modern versions of Windows. If you know others, don’t falter and share them with us. We promise that we will update this article as soon as we can.