7001 Excahnge services fail to start

Hello Experts.

A few months ago, I built an exchange recovery server and tested my ability to restore both the Information Stores and Individual mailboxes.  Once I was satisfied with the results, I moth-balled the server for a rainy day.  Unfortunately the rainy has arrived in more than one way.  I must restore a number of mailboxes from an old backup without impacting the production system.  I've brought the server back online, but none of the exchange services will start, so I can't even begin the restore process...

The event viewer lists the following event for each failed exchange service:
Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Service Control Manager
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      7001
Date:            4/25/2006
Time:            10:08:12 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      EXRESTORE
The Microsoft Exchange Event service depends on the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service which failed to start because of the following error:
The dependency service or group failed to start.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
If I attempt to start the services manually, I receive the following:

Error 3:  THe system cannot find the path specified.

Any idea what may be causing this?
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It means what it says - it cannot find the path specified. Could be the service or the store. Try reinstalling Exchange (as in Add/remove programs, reinstall) and see if that that clears the problem.


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rj4510Author Commented:

Your answer sent me down the correct path.  Interestingly enough, I had to change the install path drive letter and then back to the original drive letter and everything loaded up as planned.  This was a very strange issue, but moving the drive around somehow forced exchange to se the path again  !!!!
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