vol (command)

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In some operating systems (e.g., DOS,[1] OS/2 and Microsoft Windows[2]) vol is a command within the command line interpreters (shells) such as COMMAND.COM and cmd.exe. It is used to display the volume label and volume serial number on a logical drive, such as a hard disk partition or a floppy disk, if they exist.


vol [Drive:]


  • Drive: This command-line argument specifies the drive letter of the disk for which to display the volume label and serial number.


  • On Windows, the volume serial number is displayed only for disks formatted with MS-DOS version 4.0 or later.
  • OS/2 allows the user to specify more than one drive. The vol command displays the volume labels consecutively.



[C:\]vol C:

The volume label in drive C is OS/2.
The Volume Serial Number is 0815:1611.


C:\Users\root>vol C:
Volume in drive C is Windows
Volume Serial Number is 080F-100B

In the example above, if drive C: has no volume label, "has no label" is shown instead of "is Windows".

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jamsa, Kris A. (1993), DOS: The Complete Reference, Osborne McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0078819040. 
  2. ^ Microsoft TechNet Vol article