By Ivy / Last Updated May 25, 2020

When you set a label for your drive, you may receive an error message "The volume label is not valid". That means the volume label has been used on a certain media. See below and learn to change label as well as fix the issue.

How to change volume label in Windows 7/8/10?

Change the volume label with Rename option

Step 1. Open My computer or This PC.

Step 2. Right-click the volume and selectRename from its context menu, and then name it as photos, files and folders, backup, and so on.

Change the volume label with Properties.

Step 1. Open Disk Management or My Computer.

Step 2. Right click the volume and selectProperties from the context menu.

Step 3. Remove the old label and name it as photos, for example.

Change the volume label with CMD

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box and selectRun as administrator.

Step 2. Type label E: photos in the command prompt window and hit Enter.

The volume label is not valid on Windows 7/8/10 – how to fix?

Every error has its own causes. The volume label is not valid is not an exception. This error implies that this label is used somewhere or unknowingly existed. You need to change it to one which cannot be used.

To fix the volume label is not valid on flash drive/USB drive and other storage devices, you can turn to a third-party tool. I recommend you free partition managerAOMEI Partition Assistant. With it, you can change label without any hassle.

In this software, it offers you two methods. The first one is to directly change label. The second one is to set new label through formatting.

Fix - an incorrect volume label was entered for this drive

This method does not cause data loss. If there is something important, you’d better try this.

Step 1. Download free partition manager –AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

Step 2. Launch this software, right-click the volume and select Change Label from the list (as shown below).

Change Label

Step 3. Type the new label in the box and click OK to move on.

Type New Label

Step 4. View the pending operation, clickApply and then Proceed.


The volume label is not valid - please enter a valid label

This method will lead to data loss. If you do not save important data on the drive, you can use this. Or you can backup files and save it on a safe place first, then follow the following steps to fix your problem.

Step 1. Right click the drive and select Format Partition.

Format Partition

Step 2. Type the new label in the box and clickOK. If you want to set the volume label for FAT32 format, you can click the drop-down menu at the right side of File System and select FAT32.

Set New Label

Step 3. Click Apply and Proceed after you confirm the operation.

Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you fix many problems, such as, the parameter is incorrect in Windows 10, Diskpart has encountered an error access it denied, Diskpart list volume there are no volumes, and more.

However, sometimes, you will find that the free version cannot fix some problems, such as, the specified disk not convertible, convert to basic disk greyed out, etc. In these cases, you need to upgrade to its advanced version.

Wrapping things up

If the label is used somewhere, you will receive the error - the volume label is not valid when you try to change the label of flash drive or other storage devices.

To fix it, you can turn to a free partition manager like AOMEI Partition Assistant. With it, all things become easier and you just need to follow the steps above. If your drive has some important data, you’d better use the first method. If there is nothing important, you can format the partition and set a new label for it.