ntfslabel [options] device [new-label]
ntfslabel will display or change the file system label on the ntfs file
system located on device. It can also change the serial number of the
If the optional argument new-label is not present, and no option is
present, ntfslabel will simply display the current file system label.
If the optional argument new-label is present, then ntfslabel will set
the file system label to be new-label. NTFS file system labels can be
at most 128 Unicode characters long; if new-label is longer than 128
Unicode characters, ntfslabel will truncate it and print a warning mes-
It is also possible to set the file system label using the -L option of
mkntfs(8) during creation of the file system.
Below is a summary of all the options that ntfslabel accepts. Nearly
all options have two equivalent names. The short name is preceded by -
and the long name is preceded by --. Any single letter options, that
don't take an argument, can be combined into a single command, e.g.
-fv is equivalent to -f -v. Long named options can be abbreviated to
any unique prefix of their name.
This will override some sensible defaults, such as not working
with a mounted volume. Use this option with caution.
Show a list of options with a brief description of each one.
Set a new serial number to the device, either the argument
value, or a random one if no argument is given. The serial num-
ber is a 64 bit number, represented as a sixteen-digit hexadeci-
mal number, used to identify the device during the mounting
process. As a consequence, two devices with the same serial num-
ber cannot be mounted at the same time on the same computer.
This is not the volume UUID used by Windows to locate files
which have been moved to another volume.
The option --new-half-serial only changes the upper part of the
serial number, keeping the lower part which is used by Windows
unchanged. In this case the optional argument is an eight-digit
There are no known problems with ntfslabel. If you find a bug please
send an email describing the problem to the development team:
ntfslabel was written by Matthew J. Fanto, with contributions from An-
ton Altaparmakov and Richard Russon. It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik
ntfslabel is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from:
ntfs-3g 2012.1.15AR.1 November 2005 NTFSLABEL(8)
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