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'Path does not exist' error constantly after drive letter change


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#1 Dizzy/Sinthetic

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:10 PM

Ok so here's a little backstory before I jump into my problem. I've got 2 harddrives installed; a SSD and a regular HDD. The SSD is labeled C: since it has Windows and other core programs while the HDD is labeled B:. The solid state is almost full while the regular one still has over a terabyte of space left to fill up. Normally, I have no problem installing new programs or games to the HDD till now.

When I went to install my new game on B: it kept giving me invalid directory errors. So I went to the game's forums and discovered that the reason that issue was happening was because the game recognized drive letters A and B as floppy drives as opposed to hard drive letters. Further investigation revealed that apparently this little bit of design is hardcoded into the game and there really isn't any work around except changing the drive letter. So I looked up how to do so and made the change.....then the problems started.

After changing the drive letter from B: to Z: I kept getting 'path does not exist' error message with features and hardware connected to Windows on C:. For example, my DVD-ROM drive is labeled D: and everytime I tried to install the game after the drive letter change I got 'D:\, path does not exist. make sure the path is correct and try again' error. Another example, when trying to go to Device Manager to start a fix I couldn't because of 'explorer.exe, path does not exist' error. Basically, every step I tried where anything was connected to C: or D: I got the 'path does not exist' error. At this point I've done a system restore to before the drive letter changed and I'm running as I was before trying to install the game.

My question is, how do I change the driver letter of my HDD without getting all the 'path does not exist' errors? If that's not possible, how do I fix the 'path does not exist errors' when the path starts with C: or D:? Is it done the same way I would with a program through the properties tab in the target path section and start in section? Or is there something more invasive I need to do when the path issue starts with C: and D:?

I appreciate any help and step by step instructions someone could provide to fix this issue.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

Can you please post your Disk management screen in a screen shot so we can get a better look at the partitions.

To change drive letters Go to Disk Management

Check the disk you want to and select Change Drive and Letters.

Question do you have any floppy drives in your system?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:39 PM

Chris,

I'm having to let my camera charge before I can post any pics but once that's done I gladly will. Now, I know how to change the drive letters my issue is just what happens to my computer after I do, i.e. all the 'path does not exist' errors.

I don't have any floppy drives.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:26 PM

I am sorry I should of have been more specific you have that on your keyboard (Print Screen or Snipping Tool) Here how: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots upload it to photobucket.com or other sites and paste the link on here

A: and B: are reserve for floppy drives but why would it see that if no floppy drive installed I would need to see that photo to see why the computer assign the drive letter.

You can disable the floppy controller in the bios.

C: is the Default Windows

D: is the DVD drive

E-Z are open

I haven't done this before so I am dont know what will happen.

I think you would need to change the "Target to the correct drive letter" reflected on the disk management or automatic I cant say.

C is ok I think

All you need to do is change the first letter to the drive letter for the disk management

so like

If i have target path of in the properties window

E:\Programs files(86)\blah\blah\something.exe

I would change the first latter

F:\Programs files(86)\blah\blah\something.exe

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:31 PM

To change drive letters Go to Disk Management

Check the disk you want to and select Change Drive and Letters.

Now, I know how to change the drive letters my issue is just what happens to my computer after I do, i.e. all the 'path does not exist' errors.


A given disk volume under Windows 7 may be mounted as a folder under a different NTFS volume even if the volume is already mounted with a drive letter. You can therefore have both drive B:\ and the folder (e.g.) C:\DriveB\ resolve invisibly to the same disk volume.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:01 AM

Andrew,

You my friend are awesome! That worked and I'm able to install the game without problem. Slapping myself for not thinking of such an easy fix in the first place but happy you were able to point it out to me.

Chris,

Thanks for your help but the problem has been solved. You replied quickly and politely to my post which I sincerely thank you for.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

Your most welcome, I have done that a little bit in a simulation but the simulation only cover the one folder not the entire drive but it was one the different operating system but it was similar to the OS.

Andrew,

I would like to thank you for the help in my preparation for 702 and thank you for explanation.

Happy computing:)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:28 AM

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