How To Find a Drive's Volume Label or Serial Number

Use Command Prompt for Quick Access to a Drives Volume & Serial Information

File folders
Whisson/Jordan/Corbis/Getty Images

The volume label of a drive isn't usually an important piece of information, but it can be when executing certain commands from the Command Prompt.

For example, the format command requires that you enter the volume label of a drive you're formatting, assuming it has one. The convert command does the same. If you don't know the volume label, you can't complete the task.

The volume serial number is less important but could be a valuable piece of information in some specific circumstances.

Follow these quick and easy steps to find the volume label or volume serial number from the Command Prompt:

Note: You can also find both the volume label and volume serial number of a drive from the drive's properties within Windows but the Command Prompt method is a bit faster.

How To Find a Drive's Volume Label or Serial Number From the Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt.

    Command Prompt is located in the Accessories program group in the Start Menu of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

    In Windows 10 and Windows 8, right-click or tap-and-hold on the Start button to find Command Prompt.

    Note: If Windows is not accessible, Command Prompt it is also available from Safe Mode in all versions of Windows, from Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 and Windows 8, and from System Recovery Options in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

  2. At the prompt, execute the vol command as shown below and then press Enter:

    vol c:
    

    Important: Change c to whatever drive you want to find the volume label or serial number for. For example, if you want to find this information for the E drive, type vol e: instead.

  1. Immediately below the prompt you should see something similar to the following:

    Volume in drive C is System
    Volume Serial Number is C1F3-A79E
    

    As you can see, the volume label for the C drive is System and the volume serial number is C1F3-A79E.

    Note: If you instead see Volume in drive C has no label then it means exactly that. Volume labels are optional and your drive happens to not have one.

  1. Now that you've found the volume label or volume serial number, you can close Command Prompt if you're finished or you continue executing additional commands.