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I converted the E (OS) volume in my Server 2008 R2, but accidently formatted it as well.  This is the system resvered drive which I believed contained the boot information. The server is still up, but I am pretty sure if I restart it will not come back up without a repair. Can I re-write the files lost on that system reserve drives while the OS is running?

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The only thing that looks promising is the EasyBCD utility.  I do not want to have to reboot and go through the startup repair.  This is a fall back option.

Any other thoughts of restoring while the OS is running?
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Take a look at EaseUS Partition Recovery it's a tool that should be able to recover the deleted partition.
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PLEASE MAKE SURE AND BACKUP YOUR SERVER BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT ANY SUCH THINGS....OBVIOUSLY
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Actually you could be wrong. You would not be allowed to format the partition if it contained bootmgr and boot folder data.
Please go to Windows Disk Management and take a screen shot of it to post it here.
Also, enable viewing hidden and system files in Folder Options and see if you have on C: drive Boot folder and BootMgr file.
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The worst happened and it rebooted and I was unable to recover doing the system repair process.  I will let you know how the restore goes.
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To recover it you need to see the system parition active and copy to it from installation dvd the bootmgr file and boot folder. Since then it must be able to boot. You can do recovery maintenance with rescue kit cd from paragon www.paragon-software.com there is a free version that must e enough for you.
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Is that included with the Diskcopy 11 Pro?  I do not see a free rescue cd kit.
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Yes, exactly. Download and execute the file it will burn the cd. Then boot the pc from it and select normal mode. There start file transfer wizard and look on the partition where your windows folder is located that bootmbg and boot folder are existing. If not then with the same ftw you can copy them from install dvd of windows to this directory. After that go one step back to main menu of rk and select there boot corrector. In it you can set the active flag to c partition then update partition boot record. Then restart to Windows. Should boot.
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Well, it looks like a system restore from last night backups (built-in Windows) did the trick. Very surprising since I was backing up the formated reserve partition as well.  It must have re-wrote the boot partition.

To add, I also ran all the bootrec commands (FIXMBR,FIXBOOT,...) bootsect /nt60 all, and none of those worked.  I did download the paragon utility to keep in my aresnal.

Thanks everyone.
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Fixed my own problem.
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