Vol Command Examples, Options, Switches, and More

Vol Command Examples, Switches, & More

Screenshot of the vol command in Windows 10
Vol Command (Windows 10).

What is the Vol Command?

The vol command is a Command Prompt command used to display a drive's volume label and volume serial number.

Note: The dir command also shows the volume label and volume serial number of a drive before displaying the drive's contents.

The vol command is also a DOS command available in MS-DOS.

Vol Command Syntax

vol [drive:] [/?]

Tip: See How To Read Command Syntax if you're not sure how to interpret the vol command syntax shown above.

drive: = This is the letter of the drive that you want to view the volume label and volume serial number for.

/? = Use the help switch with the vol command to show detailed help about the command. Executing vol /? is the same as using the help command to execute help vol.

Tip: You can save to a file the volume label and volume serial number displayed with the vol command by using a redirection operator. See How To Redirect Command Output to a File for instructions or see Command Prompt Tricks for more tips.

Vol Command Examples

vol e:

In the above example, the vol command is used to display the volume label and volume serial number for the e drive. The result displayed on screen will look something like this:

Volume in drive E is MediaDrive
Volume Serial Number is C0Q3-A19F

As you can see, the volume label is reported as MediaDrive and the volume serial number as C0A3-A19F. Obviously those results will differ when you run the vol command.


Using the vol command as shown above, without specifying a drive, will return the volume label and volume serial number of the current drive.

Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is D4E8-E115

In this example we can see that the C drive has no volume label and the volume serial number is D4E8-E115.

Note: Volume labels are not required in any file system supported in Windows.

Vol Command Availability

The vol command is available from within the Command Prompt in all Windows operating systems including Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and older versions of Windows as well.

The vol command is also available in MS-DOS.

Note: The availability of certain vol command switches and other vol command syntax may differ from operating system to operating system.

Vol Related Commands

The volume label of a drive is necessary information for a few different commands, including the format command the convert command.

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