What is the Vol Command?
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:] [/?]
drive: = This is the letter of the drive that you want to view the volume label and volume serial number for.
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
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 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.