Easy Ways to Label or Rename Hard Drive in Windows 10

May 20th, 2020 by Admin Leave a reply »

Each drive on your computer should have a unique and meaningful name, but they are usually named “Local Disk” or “New Volume” by default. The drive letters may change when a new disk is added, but you can have a persistent drive label. In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to label or rename a hard drive in Windows 10.

Method 1: Rename Hard Drive from Context Menu

  1. Open File Explorer and select the drive you want to rename and press F2, or right-click the drive and select “Rename” from the context menu.

  2. Type a new name and press Enter to apply the change.
  3. When you get a message saying: “Access Denied – You will need to provide administrator permission to rename this drive.” click on Continue.

Method 2: Rename Hard Drive from Drive Properties

  1. Right-click on the target drive in File Explorer and select “Properties” from the context menu.

  2. When the Properties window opens, type a new name in the text box and click OK.

Method 3: Rename Hard Drive from Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator. Type the following command and hit Enter. Do not add quotation marks even if your new name contains space.
    label drive_letter: new_name

  2. This will change your drive label immediately.

Method 4: Rename Hard Drive from PowerShell

  1. Open an elevated PowerShell window and run the following command. Replace “D” with your actual drive letter, and “My Backup” with the new drive name.
    Set-Volume -DriveLetter D -NewFileSystemLabel "My Backup"

  2. When it’s done, open File Explorer and you’ll see the drive with the new label.

That’s all there is to it.