MS-DOS: Unable to Change Volume Label

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When you attempt to change the volume label with the LABEL command, it remains the same.


The volume label is stored in a directory entry in the root directory. A root directory entry that has the volume label attribute set is regarded as the volume label by MS-DOS. If the volume label entry is in lowercase, MS- DOS will be unable to modify it.

MS-DOS will never write a lowercase volume label to a disk. However, it is possible that a third-party program could write a lowercase volume label.

When MS-DOS displays the volume label, such as in a DIR or LABEL command, it converts it to uppercase. This means that the volume label may appear in uppercase when MS-DOS displays it, but in actuality it could be lowercase.

MS-DOS is unable to correct this problem. A third-party disk editor must be used to change the volume label to uppercase. Only a person familiar with MS-DOS directory structures should attempt to modify the root directory.

The only other alternative to using a disk editor to correct this problem is to reformat the drive. Formatting will erases all the information stored on the drive including the volume label.


Article ID: 71715 - Last Review: November 26, 2003 - Revision: 3.0
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