Why won't Windows Server Backup run a full server backup on our Server 2008 Box?

We have a Windows Server 2008 that belongs to a local church.  It was bought with NO operating system and the OS was donated.  It seems to have C:\ as the local disk (where the operating system is installed) but it also seems to have a partition (with no drive letter) called OS that came from Dell.  I'm thinking that might be causing some of the problems.  Here is what happens when trying to setup Windows Server Backup:

If we choose full server backup and proceed to select
the destination, etc . . . we get the following error
half way through:

"Volume OS have an unsupported file system and
cannot be backed up."

If we do a custom backup and choose "bare metal restore"
which in turn automatically selects the bare metal recovery,
system state, C:\ . . . then we can proceed to select
a destination drive and it starts to say "Formatting disk"
and then we get:

"MMC has detected an error in a snap-in and will
unload it" Then we can either report this error to MS and
shut down MMC or unload the snap-in and continue running

For the time being we are just backing up the data folders in a "custom backup" and that works fine.  That really is all that is essential.  The active directory only contains about 10 people.  It wouldn't be the end of the world to re-create it on a new server if we had to.  However, can anyone help figure out why we are getting that error?  


JsmplyAsked:
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PlusITCommented:
I guess that's a restore partition?  Is it set hidden in disk management?

If it is a restore partition and you have restore disks for the server you could safely delete that partition.  
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Yes, but the odd part is, it's not included in the backup but still causes issues.  Perhaps even though it's not checked, it is still trying to back it up in a bare metal restore?
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PlusITCommented:
It sounds so yes I've been using Backup Exec System Recovery for that and never had issues with it.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Will try that now.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Windows see's that OS 2 GB FAT32 Partition as the system partition and active partition.  I was able to change the active partition to our NTFS partition where the operating system is installed at by right click on it and choose Make Active.  I still can't delete that OS partition though because Windows says its the system partition.  Any idea how I can change that?

Thanks.
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PlusITCommented:
If it says it's a system partition it means your bootfiles reside on it.

2 solutions: convert it to ntfs (it's because it's FAT32 i think backup is failing)

Or:
Make a new system parition and switch boot files to that.  
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Will Windows let me convert it to NTFS while booted?  
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
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PlusITCommented:
depends sometimes you can convert on the fly, sometiems it will ask to restart and do i during restart.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Well it seems to be working now, but that small partition seemed to have the bootmgr on it and the conversion caused a "BootMGR cannot be found" on reboot.  Fortunately, the Windows Server 2008 Startup repair wizard seemed to fix the problem and now it shows as NTFS and it let the backup configure.  It's supposed to run tongiht at 6 PM.  We will see.

Thanks
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thx!
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