You can change any drive or partition name from Local Disk or New Volume to anything you want on Windows 11. This guide shows you how to rename a drive on Windows 11 in simple and easy steps.
By default, Windows uses a generic name like Local Diskor New Volume along with the drive letter to show all the available drives in File Explorer. “Local Disk (D:)” for example.
While it works perfectly fine, you can take it a step further by using custom labels for all your drives. This makes it easy to recognize and organize all your drives and partitions. For instance, I have a drive named Downloads where I save all my downloaded files. As you can guess, compared to a generic name like Local Disk, a purposeful and meaningful name makes it easy to quickly recognize and access the drive you want.
Follow the steps outlined below to change the name of any drive or partition on Windows 11.
Change drive label name on Windows 11
To rename a drive on Windows 11, use the steps given below:
- Launch File Explorer.
- Click/tap on This PC on the sidebar.
- Select the drive you want to rename.
- Press F2 on your keyboard.
- Type the name you want to set as a custom drive label.
- Press Enter on your keyboard to confirm the new label.
- With that, you’ve renamed the drive on Windows 11.
Let’s see the steps in more detail:
First of all, open the File Explorer window. You can do that by pressing the Windows key + E shortcut or clicking on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar. Once the File Explorer opens, click/tap on the “This PC” option on the sidebar. This page in File Explorer shows all your connected drives and partitions.
Now, select the drive you want to rename with your mouse pointer. After that, press the F2 key on your keyboard. This triggers the rename function. Type the name of your choice and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to confirm the new label.
You can also right-click on the drive you want to rename and select click on the “Rename” icon in the Windows 11 context menu.
Important note: While renaming, you are limited to 32 characters for internal drives and 11 characters for external drives like pen drives, external hard disks, etc.
That is it. With that, you’ve renamed the drive on Windows 11. Following the same steps, you can rename all the drives and partitions.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
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