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Why am I getting the attached error message when I try use Windows Backup on Windows 2008 R2 for any backup that includes the System State?

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I need to set up a backup of our Server (Windows Server 2008 R2) that will allow me to restore the entire Server in case of a Server crash.
However, it is required that this includes a backup of the System State. When I try any backup that includes the System State I get the attached error message (..."Only volumes formatted with NTFS can be protected.").  When I set up the drive, I formatted to NTFS. Why is the entire Volume except the System State formatted to NTFS. This makes it impossible to set up a Bare Metal Recovery with Windows Server 2008?  What is the fix for this? Sounds like a bug.
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Thanks. Looks as though this is a very similar issue. Do you know how to use CONVERT to convert Volume 1 from FAT32 to NTFS?  
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The System Boot does not have a letter associated with it? What letter do you use?
See the first link you sent me.
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Wait. Take screen shot if Windows Disk Management first and post it here. Possibly you do not need to convert MSR partition at all. It is NTFS by default.
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Please see attached. Volume 1 = FAT32
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You need to convert two partitions then.
But I am not sure if 2055MB partition can be converted at all to NTS as it looks to be OEM partition.
Also you need to convert FAT32 partition. The problem is that Windows uses Microsoft VSS technology for backups and this technology does not work for FAT32 volumes.
You need either to use third party software for backup or convert both OEM and Exchange partitions to NTFS.
In any case you need to take backup before conversion. Have a look on Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server: www.drive-backup.com
Get a trial version of it - install it - take backup of entire HDD to network share or external USB drive.
Then convert Exchange partition. Check if all goes well.
After that in Windows Disk Management or in Drive Backup 10 assign drive letter to OEM partition and convert it to NTFS. BTW, you can convert it with Drive Backup 10 as well without assigning drive letter.
Reboot server and see if all works ok. If not - restore from backup. If yes then run Windows native backup tools as you wanted.
But personally I would live with Drive Backup 10. It does what Micrsofot does.
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Needed to do Bare Metal Recovery Backup as described in my original post (only conversion of one partition is necessary). Therefore, changed 2055MB volume to Z: in Disc Management and then Converted to NTFS. Now I can do a Bare Metal Backup. Thanks
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Thanks for the help in solving the issue.
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