Is there a way to list the available drives from cmd.exe ? (Other than manually typying


and seeing which ones return errors)

11 Answers 11

> wmic logicaldisk get caption


if probably the easiest one. Doesn't need administrative privileges, doesn't return more or less than what's needed, etc.

If you want to use it in a script, then wrap it in for /f with the skip=1 option:

for /f "skip=1 delims=" %%x in ('wmic logicaldisk get caption') do @echo.%%x
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    only for users with administrator rights Apr 16 '15 at 16:16
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    @CarlosCampderrós: works fine for me from a limited user account.
    – Joey
    Apr 16 '15 at 16:51
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    Quoting from support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/290216 "Wmic.exe can only be used by the local system administrators regardless of WMI namespace permissions on the local machine", and it failed on my machine (a VM with winXP) Apr 17 '15 at 8:42
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    It worked just fine under a non-admin account on a Windows 8.1 here. Note that the KB article applies only to legacy operating systems.
    – Joey
    Apr 17 '15 at 10:33
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    @Joey, Why caption instead of wmic logicaldisk get name ?
    – Pacerier
    Apr 23 '15 at 17:33

If you're in Command Prompt:



list volume

sample output:

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     E                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 1         System Rese  NTFS   Partition    100 MB  Healthy    System
  Volume 2     C   System       NTFS   Partition     99 GB  Healthy    Boot
  Volume 3     F   Data (local  NTFS   Partition    365 GB  Healthy

and finally


to return to the command line.

  • in contrast to the net use command, this will only list local physical drives. (i think.) see diskpart at technet and diskpart at support.microsoft.com May 11 '10 at 12:33
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    diskpart needs administrative privileges. If you just want a list of drive letters that's a bit much to ask for ...
    – Joey
    May 11 '10 at 13:30
  • 'diskpart' is not recognized as an internal or external command, Oct 1 '19 at 10:13

For the sake of completeness, there is yet another way:

fsutil fsinfo drives

which returns:

Drives: C:\ D:\ E:\ F:\

(Not a very scripting-friendly output, but it may be useful for human eye)

Some reference. That should work since win2k but only with Administrator account.

(Thanks @Carlos Campderrós for enhancing the answer)

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    It should be noted that this only work if you are using an Administrator account Apr 16 '15 at 16:11
  • @CarlosCampderrós I don't think that's correct. I can run fsutil with a limited user, and the result is much faster than spinning up the wmic system. On my box with only SSDs running windows 10 v 1803, wmic takes 100-200ms, and fsutil takes ~20ms.
    – mrm
    Sep 20 '18 at 18:24
  • @mrm, some windows version (or release, or build of w10) probably losened this restriction. I tested this on wxp and w7pro, and it failed without an admin account (AFAIR).
    – saulius2
    Sep 20 '18 at 18:48
  • I second the observation by @saulius2
    – Fr0zenFyr
    Jul 18 '19 at 4:46

If you're using powershell then you can type in

get-psdrive -psprovider filesystem

Edited in response to comments to only show filesystems

  • That will also return other non-filesystem drives that are mounted, such as Cert:, Alias: and Function:. Furthermore, it will return other file-system directories mounted as a PSDrive (such as Home: for %UserProfile% for me).
    – Joey
    May 11 '10 at 13:31
  • This is the only answer that worked for me. All other solutions seem to require administrator access. (At least on my horribly outdated Windows XP system.)
    – Ajedi32
    Jul 6 '15 at 17:22
  • You can just use get-psdrive if you don't mind seeing non-filesystem drives listed.
    – cowlinator
    Dec 4 '20 at 0:36
wmic logicaldisk get volumename,name

You can get (query) multiple properties this way.  This will give you the partition/drive letter and the label you gave the drive/partition when you formatted the drive:

Name  VolumeName
C:    OS
D:    Data
E:    Programs

For help and to list all the permission options:

wmic logicaldisk /?


wmic logicaldisk get /?
  • I was trying to get the drive letter of the CD/DVD ROM and the closest thing I could find to get that is wmic logicaldisk get name,filesystem. Normal drives will list as NTFS or FAT32, and the CD/DVD ROM's filesystem will be empty.
    – akinuri
    May 13 '18 at 13:51
  • Correction: if the drive is empty, filesystem is empty. If not, e.g. I have Windows 10 disc in it at the moment, and it's listed as UDF.
    – akinuri
    May 13 '18 at 13:58

Use the doskey built in function to create an alias that runs the wmic command with the necessary atributes

doskey v=wmic logicaldisk get caption

This will create an aliases "v" that whenever typed will run the given command and list all volume letters.

  • oh nice, didn't know about doskey (like powershell's Set-Alias)
    – BananaAcid
    Jun 15 '16 at 22:17
  • Highly underrated answer, been using CMD for years and never realised aliases were a thing with it. Apr 15 '19 at 18:41

To see available drives and their mount points from the cli I use


You can also use the unmounted volume GUID for some commands like chkdsk and stuff.


To iterate over drives in batch you can use:

@echo off
for /f "tokens=2 delims==" %%a in ('wmic logicalDisk get caption /format:List ^| find /I "caption"') do (
  echo %%~a is your drive letter
  echo Do what you like here

In Powershell you can list drives inside an array with:

$drives=gdr -psp FileSystem|select -eXp root

Here it selects root property which shows like C:\ where name shows like C.


In VBscript we can use:

Dim fso,colDrives,objDrive
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set colDrives = fso.Drives
For Each objDrive in colDrives
  Wscript.Echo "Drive letter: " & objDrive.DriveLetter

When you're using powershell, you can use the simple command


and get a nice list with 8 columns:

DriveLetter Label FileSystem DriveType Health OperStatus FreeSpace Size

I write Label where get-volume writes FriendlyName (and I have abbreviated some of the titles in the list in order to minimize the risk of scrolling horizontally to see the end of the line).

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