• You will need to edit the registry.  HKEY_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Parameters

    Change the SQLArg0 to reflect the new path and file name of the master data file.

    Change the SQLArg1 to reflect the new path for your error logs

    Change the SQLArg2 to reflect the new path  for the master log file

    SQL Server should start although it probably would have been better to follow the instructions found here:



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