Error: Could not open file with Microsoft SQL Server Express, file exists but path is wrong.

I just installed Microsoft SQL server Express on a Server 2012 box.  

The installation went OK as far as I could tell, I don't recall ever seeing any errors.  But when I try to start the SQL instances, I get a failure notice. In the Event Viewer I see the following two errors:

FCB::Open failed: Could not open file E:\sql12_main_t.obj.x86Release\sql\mkmastr\databases\mkmastr.proj\model.mdf for file number 1.  OS error: 3(The system cannot find the path specified.).

and

FileMgr::StartLogFiles: Operating system error 2(The system cannot find the file specified.) occurred while creating or opening file 'E:\sql12_main_t.obj.x86Release\sql\mkmastr\databases\mkmastr.proj\modellog.ldf'. Diagnose and correct the operating system error, and retry the operation.

The paths cited, don't exist.  Never has.  E isn't even a drive on the box.  So I'm not sure how the installer managed to figure out that this is where these files ought to be.

So I need to change the path of these files, and I'm not sure how to do that.  I'm very noob at SQL.

I believe that the model file that I'm looking for can be found here:
Z:\Program Files\ESET Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.ESETERASQLSER\MSSQL\Binn\Templates

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or here:
Z:\Program Files\ESET Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.ESETERASQLSER\MSSQL\Template Data[/quote]

I'm not entirely sure, but I think it's one of these two because they match the date of when I was working on this project last.

For the modellog.ldf file, I think one of these is the correct location:

[code]Z:\Program Files\ESET Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.ESETERASQLSER\MSSQL\Binn\Templates 

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or
Z:\FileServerStorage\Installers\SQL Server Express\SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU\x64\Setup\sql_engine_core_inst_msi\PFiles\SqlServr\MSSQL.X\MSSQL\Binn\Template 

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or
Z:\Program Files\ESET Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.ESETERASQLSER\MSSQL\Template Data 

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So I think this should be as simple as letting SQL know where the files it wants are.  But I'm not quite sure how to change that.  Would someone here hold my and and let me know what I ought to do here?
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Azra LyndseyNerdAsked:
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SStoryCommented:
Sounds like E: might have been your CD drive, jump drive or virtual ISO drive during the install.
Azra LyndseyNerdAuthor Commented:
I don't think so, the installer was run from the installers folder from the Z drive.  I didn't use a jump drive or CD for this.  The CD drive is D on this system.
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
If it's a new installation you don't have nothing to lose so it's more easy to uninstall it and reinstall again. This time double check when it asks for the system databases path.
SStoryCommented:
I agree that a reinstall would be easiest solution since new.

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Azra LyndseyNerdAuthor Commented:
I will re-install, thanks guys
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