|Developer(s)||Microsoft, IBM, Digital Research, Novell, Joe Cosentino, ReactOS Contributors|
|Operating system||MS-DOS, PC DOS, OS/2, Windows, DR DOS, FreeDOS, ReactOS|
|License||MS-DOS, PC DOS, Windows, OS/2: Proprietary commercial software|
FreeDOS, ReactOS: GNU General Public License
label is a command included with some operating systems (e.g., DOS, IBM OS/2, Microsoft Windows and ReactOS). It is used to create, change, or delete a volume label on a logical drive, such as a hard disk partition or a floppy disk. Used without parameters,
label changes the current volume label or deletes the existing label.
The command was originally designed to label floppy disks as a reminder of which one is in the machine. However, it can also be applied to other types of drive such as mapped drives.
It is available in MS-DOS versions 3.1 and later and IBM PC DOS releases 3 and later.
It is an external command. MS-DOS 4.0x and earlier used
label.com as the external file. MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows use
label.exe as the external file. DR DOS 6.0 includes an implementation of the
label command. The FreeDOS version was developed by Joe Cosentino and is licensed under the GPL.
In modern versions of Microsoft Windows, changing the disk label requires elevated permissions. The Windows
dir command displays the volume label and serial number (if it has one) as part of the directory listing.
LABEL [drive:][label] LABEL [/MP] [volume] [label]
drive:This command-line argument specifies the drive letter of a drive.
labelSpecifies the label of the volume.
volumeSpecifies the drive letter (followed by a colon), mount point, or volume name.
/MPSpecifies that the volume should be treated as a mount point or volume name.
volume name is specified, the
/MP flag is unnecessary.
C:\Users\root>label D: Backup
Supported file systems
FAT volume labels
- Volume labels can contain as many as 11 character bytes and can include spaces, but no tabs. The characters are in the OEM code page of the system that created the label.
- Volume labels cannot contain the following characters: ? / \ | . , ; : + = [ ] < > "
- Volume labels are stored as upper-case regardless of whether they contain lower-case letters.
NTFS volume labels
|Wikibooks has a book on the topic of: Guide to Windows Commands|
- Jamsa, Kris A. (1993), DOS: The Complete Reference, Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0078819040.
- Microsoft TechNet Label article
- Label - Disk label - Windows CMD - SS64.com
- Wolverton, Van (2003). Running MS-DOS Version 6.22 (20th Anniversary Edition), 6th Revised edition. Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-1812-7.
- MS-DOS and Windows command line label command
- DR DOS 6.0 User Guide Optimisation and Configuration Tips
- Cooper, Jim (2001). Special Edition Using MS-DOS 6.22, Third Edition. Que Publishing. ISBN 978-0789725738.
- Tim O'Reilly; Troy Mott; Walter Glenn (1999). Windows 98 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. O'Reilly. ISBN 978-1565924864.
- John Paul Mueller (2007). Windows Administration at the Command Line for Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470165799.