How to access programs on hard drive that changed/lost drive letter?

Bob44 0 Reputation points

Somehow, my old E drive (a 250 gb SSD) lost its name/label and became disk 1 in Disk Management.

My C drive (a different 250 gb SSD) had the OS on it and E had other programs.

Now, all my desk icons linked to those programs on the E drive no longer work ("The specified path does not exist. Check the path and then try again.""). So, I renamed Disk 1 as E and still the same error message appears. Example:

"E:\Program Files (x86)\Tembo\Color Express\ColorExpress.exe The specified path does not exist. Check the path and then try again."

When I explore the path on my renamed E drive for the file folder:

"E:\Local Disk E_32720231830\Program Files (x86)\Tembo\Color Express"

I assume if I can delete the bolded portion the file would run?

"E:*Local Disk E_32720231830*\Program Files (x86)\Tembo\Color Express"

If so, how do I do that?

Thanks in advance,


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  1. Bob44 0 Reputation points

    Adding to my first post.

    I moved folders from the Program Files (x86)directory into the root of E and now the icons launch the program but the program icons have lost their graphic content. How do I fix this? One thing always leads to another.

    Thanks again!

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    It sounds like at some point the C:\Program Files (x86) directory was junctioned to the other disk. The C:\Program Files (x86) and C:\Program Files directories are windows protected system folders and should not have been altered. Better option may have been to create your own "Program Files" directory on E:\ and install the programs to it.

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  3. Bob44 0 Reputation points

    Once I rebooted, the icons' graphics were restored.

    Problem solved (by me).

    Thanks anyhow for the opportunity.


  4. Bob44 0 Reputation points


    If you read my original question, I did not have the drive (E) comingled with WIndows OS and other programs. My OS is on C and other programs are on E (another drive).

    I fixed it as I shared in subsequent posts and I consider the issue fixed (by me).

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