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Server 2008, unable to add external backup drives

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We have Server 2008 R2 Standard, which is running SQL server.

The backup scheme is to have 6 external USB hard drives backing up data M-Sa.  I open Server Manager and navigate to Window Server Backup.  I click on Backup Schedule, and click through the wizard, selecting time, source files, and destination disk; windows formats the disk and the backups are scheduled.  I then plug in the next backup disk and re run the backup wizard, this time i choose "add more backup destinations".

At this point i get the following error: "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect"

The error is not isolated to a specific external hard drive, I get the error on what ever hard drive I plug in as the additional location.  All the external hard drives are the same make and model.  I tried removing the drive by simply unplugging them, and also by safely ejecting them; same error.

I then followed the instructions here:

With option 1, i made sure the origional external backup disk was attached when adding additional disks, and continued to receive the error message.

I then added additional disks using option 3.  Backups ran for about a week and then began failing.  I do not have the error message.

So my current situation is that I have 6 external HDD's that need to be in a backup schedule.  I would like to add them with the GUI if possible.  What am I missing?
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