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Which port do you have your SSD plugged into? If, in your Bios you don't have ACHI enabled you should work on that. If it is enabled, Im not sure why hotswaping gave your drive another letter.
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post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Phantom_Dave View Post

That's because the registry entries are still going to point to the old drive letter. So any program which relies on the registry to find files is not going to work correctly if said files were on said drive. Those programs will have to be re-installed unless you change the letter back or you want to spend even more time editing the registry.
One little mishap can snowball into all kinds of problems. wink.gif

Do you know why it would change the drive letter though, just by unplugging the SSD and plugging it back in while the computer was on?

I figured if my mobo (asrock extreme 7 gen3) is "Hot Pluggable" for SATA, then it should be able to be plugged/unplugged while computer is on with no hard drive letter re-arrangements....

-_-
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Which port do you have your SSD plugged into? If, in your Bios you don't have ACHI enabled you should work on that. If it is enabled, Im not sure why hotswaping gave your drive another letter.

I have it plugged into the Sata 6gb/s port and ACHI is enabled for me.

Maybe it was because after I unplugged the SSD, I unplugged the Mechanical storage 500gb drive i have TOO, and then replugged both back in. Maybe I plugged them back in a DIFFERENT order?

because before they were my C:, D:, and E: drive

now its C:, E:, and F: drive

I also grabbed a new sata cable for the SSD (F:) drivebecause the old one looked bent or mangled when I accidentally pulled it out.

It probably also doesnt help that I'm testing my overclock right now sigh
post #14 of 22
Back in the day I accidentally unplugged my new 60GB HDD while it was running had a nice arc from the power cable too. It was fine though, lasted another 5 or 6 years.
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post #15 of 22
LOL, what is the big deal over? Just assign the drive the drive letter you want in disk management.

Disconnecting and reconnecting a drive does nothing but disconnect and reconnect the drive to the system.
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Maybe it was because after I unplugged the SSD, I unplugged the Mechanical storage 500gb drive i have TOO, and then replugged both back in. Maybe I plugged them back in a DIFFERENT order?

yep, that explains it.

also if your worried about corrupting your primary windows install or that u already corrupted it (which im not convinced you have based on the above) you can always install a copy of win on another drive/partition and just install like core temp, prime95, etc then boot into your primary os
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post #17 of 22
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LOL, what is the big deal over? Just assign the drive the drive letter you want in disk management.
Disconnecting and reconnecting a drive does nothing but disconnect and reconnect the drive to the system.

Sean, the problem I'm having now is that I have some programs, like this program I use for Chemistry called "ChemBio3d" that wasn't as easily "remedied" as just changing the drive letter.

The program failed to run even after changing the .exe target location to the correct drive (drive F:)...

...so I said screw it, and figured I could just re-download the program.

I re-downloaded the program but it won't install. I keep getting a "missing invalid character in program files x64" error 1324.

The samething happened for AVG 2012 anti virus.

I had to find all the folders and delete them, them go into "regedit" and delete all the registries.

Then download the AVG REMOVER tool and run that and reboot and it finally worked.

So I deleted all the Folders and stuff, but I can't install this program. So there must be files lingering around.

And it still shows up on Control panel but it won't let me remove it since the .exe's are gone and the file path is invalid and all this crap.

I really need this program for my the Chemistry modeling I do. I really don't want to reformat either since I have just reformatted and finished dowloading Itunes, BF3, SWTOR, music, files, EVERYTHING!

so that would suck.
post #18 of 22
You should have just changed the drive letter of the drive, not the program, back to how it was...:/

Try this. Change the drive letter back to what it was before in disk management.

Run a system restore. It should be fine.
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Sean, the problem I'm having now is that I have some programs, like this program I use for Chemistry called "ChemBio3d" that wasn't as easily "remedied" as just changing the drive letter.
The program failed to run even after changing the .exe target location to the correct drive (drive F:)...

Changing the desktop shortcut only changes the path to the .exe file. It has nothing to do with where the .exe file looks for it's supporting files. That problem was likely caused by the registry as I stated earlier.
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I re-downloaded the program but it won't install. I keep getting a "missing invalid character in program files x64" error 1324.
The samething happened for AVG 2012 anti virus.
I had to find all the folders and delete them, them go into "regedit" and delete all the registries.
Then download the AVG REMOVER tool and run that and reboot and it finally worked.
So I deleted all the Folders and stuff, but I can't install this program. So there must be files lingering around.
And it still shows up on Control panel but it won't let me remove it since the .exe's are gone and the file path is invalid and all this crap.
I really need this program for my the Chemistry modeling I do. I really don't want to reformat either since I have just reformatted and finished dowloading Itunes, BF3, SWTOR, music, files, EVERYTHING!
so that would suck.

It's likely some registry entries saying it's still installed and it's not under something that would normally be found by searching "AVG" etc... They do it purposely to make it harder for viruses to find and remove key registry entries. Many programs do it for various other reasons as well. But that's not the point...

Whatever the program, if it's still showing in Control Panel then all registry entries are definitely not removed since those Control Panel entries are taken directly from the registry (even if it's not showing that doesn't mean they are all gone either).

This was why I suggested you to just change the drive letter back in the first place. You've opened Pandora's Box... Now you may have to re-install Windows or revert to a backup to fix your registry file or else you may never be able to get your program installed again. It's a PITA I know. I found out the hard way years ago myself under slightly different circumstances but the same end result.


Edit: As Sean suggested, use system restore. But change the drive letter first. (Hopefully you don't have it disabled like I always have)

Also, do you have Ccleaner? It's free. The registry cleaner feature might be able to locate and remove the remaining registry entries (since they will point to nothing and turn up as an orphaned entry). Mine almost always finds orphaned entries after an uninstall of something. Anyway, this might allow you to get your registry working properly again. Just some advice in case you don't want to use a backup or don't have one.
Edited by Phantom_Dave - 3/30/12 at 5:29am
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Originally Posted by Phantom_Dave View Post

Changing the desktop shortcut only changes the path to the .exe file. It has nothing to do with where the .exe file looks for it's supporting files. That problem was likely caused by the registry as I stated earlier.
It's likely some registry entries saying it's still installed and it's not under something that would normally be found by searching "AVG" etc... They do it purposely to make it harder for viruses to find and remove key registry entries. Many programs do it for various other reasons as well. But that's not the point...
Whatever the program, if it's still showing in Control Panel then all registry entries are definitely not removed since those Control Panel entries are taken directly from the registry (even if it's not showing that doesn't mean they are all gone either).
This was why I suggested you to just change the drive letter back in the first place. You've opened Pandora's Box... Now you may have to re-install Windows or revert to a backup to fix your registry file or else you may never be able to get your program installed again. It's a PITA I know. I found out the hard way years ago myself under slightly different circumstances but the same end result.
Edit: As Sean suggested, use system restore. But change the drive letter first. (Hopefully you don't have it disabled like I always have)
Also, do you have Ccleaner? It's free. The registry cleaner feature might be able to locate and remove the remaining registry entries (since they will point to nothing and turn up as an orphaned entry). Mine almost always finds orphaned entries after an uninstall of something. Anyway, this might allow you to get your registry working properly again. Just some advice in case you don't want to use a backup or don't have one.

Yeah. I have Ccleaner. Doesn't seem to do anything.

This happened with AVG too, but I was able to delete all folder + registries and AVG puts a "AVG Remover" tool on their site, so after all that it WORKED.

I e-mailed the CambridfgeSoft team that makes this "ChemBio3D" software.

How fragile are the connectors on SSD or HDD drives? Ya know, the "computer chip" connector exposed to where the SATA power and data cables connect?

I always felt they were really fragile. If you break them, could you send the SSD or HDD back to manufacturer and would they repair it?
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