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Windows 2008 Backup Problem

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We are having issues backing up the server to the external hard drive using build in Windows 2008 Server backup utility.
In the Backup utility is setup to back up everyday at 7:00PM.
We are using 500GB external USB hard disk drive.
Total capacity 465.74GB
Used Space: 95.11GB
Backups available: 207 Copies.
The backup doesn't run, its says that it has failed.

These are the errors from even viewer:
Log Name:      Application
Source:        VSS
Date:          12/22/2008 6:00:14 PM
Event ID:      12289
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      CharServer1.tully.tullyconstruction.com
Description:
Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error VSS_E_WRITER_STATUS_NOT_AVAILABLE. An older active writer session state is being overwritten by a newer session. The most common cause is that the number of parallel backups has exceeded the maximum supported limit.  hr = 0x80042409.

Operation:
   PostSnapshot Event

Context:
   Maximum supported sessions: 64
   Completed sessions: 8
   Active sessions: 64
   Aborted sessions: 0
   Writer failed sessions: 0
   New snaphot set: {a2267fa0-b427-47d1-9633-648940134df5}
   Old snapshot set: {e965a554-e37a-40cb-923e-e8d4998200f1}
   Old operation: 1014
   Old state: 1
   Old failure: 0
   Execution Context: Writer
   Writer Class Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Name: WMI Writer
   Writer Instance ID: {bd5b9303-3154-42d4-a5a1-824456b95f85}
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="VSS" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="0">12289</EventID>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2008-12-22T23:00:14.000Z" />
    <EventRecordID>2853</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>Application</Channel>
    <Computer>CharServer1.tully.tullyconstruction.com</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData>
    <Data>VSS_E_WRITER_STATUS_NOT_AVAILABLE. An older active writer session state is being overwritten by a newer session. The most common cause is that the number of parallel backups has exceeded the maximum supported limit</Data>
    <Data>0x80042409</Data>
    <Data>

Operation:
   PostSnapshot Event

Context:
   Maximum supported sessions: 64
   Completed sessions: 8
   Active sessions: 64
   Aborted sessions: 0
   Writer failed sessions: 0
   New snaphot set: {a2267fa0-b427-47d1-9633-648940134df5}
   Old snapshot set: {e965a554-e37a-40cb-923e-e8d4998200f1}
   Old operation: 1014
   Old state: 1
   Old failure: 0
   Execution Context: Writer
   Writer Class Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Name: WMI Writer
   Writer Instance ID: {bd5b9303-3154-42d4-a5a1-824456b95f85}</Data>
    <Binary>2D20436F64653A20575254575254494330303030353332342D2043616C6C3A20575254575254494330303030353231362D205049443A202030303030313034302D205449443A202030303030333030302D20434D443A2020433A5C57696E646F77735C73797374656D33325C737663686F73742E657865202D6B206E6574737663732020202020202D20557365723A204E5420415554484F524954595C53595354454D20202020202D205369643A2020532D312D352D3138</Binary>
  </EventData>
</Event>

Log Name:      System
Source:        volmgr
Date:          2/14/2009 8:38:36 PM
Event ID:      57
Task Category: (2)
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      CharServer1.tully.tullyconstruction.com
Description:
The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="volmgr" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="32772">57</EventID>
    <Level>3</Level>
    <Task>2</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-15T01:38:36.281Z" />
    <EventRecordID>36540090</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>System</Channel>
    <Computer>CharServer1.tully.tullyconstruction.com</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData>
    <Data>\Device\HarddiskVolume5</Data>
    <Binary>0000000001000000020000003900048000000000B50000C000000000000000000000000000000000</Binary>
  </EventData>
</Event>


Log Name:      System
Source:        disk
Date:          2/12/2009 10:37:05 AM
Event ID:      51
Task Category: None
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      CharServer1.tully.tullyconstruction.com
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk3\DR3 during a paging operation.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="disk" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="32772">51</EventID>
    <Level>3</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-12T15:37:05.509Z" />
    <EventRecordID>36488528</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>System</Channel>
    <Computer>CharServer1.tully.tullyconstruction.com</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData>
    <Data>\Device\Harddisk3\DR3</Data>
    <Binary>040068000100000000000000330004802D0100000E0000C0000000000000000000000000000000005D1CF52500000000FFFFFFFF01000000400000080000000000200A1280012040000000000A00000000206C84A070418400000000287E418480B63E845FE7851D2A001D85E75F00000800000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000</Binary>
  </EventData>
</Event>

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i came across similar issue and fixed it, follow below document

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc734302.aspx


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Before we did anything, we replaced the external hard drive because there were some errors detected in enclosure chipset.
Then we followed  the guide, the backup was fixed, I run a Full Backup on both internal drives and it completed successfully.

Thanks for you help
Chris
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