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Windows 2008 R2 System State Backup Failing - Invalid Parameter

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Hello, I am running 2008 R2, and am doing nightly backups. The backup runs fine except for the System State. I get the attached error. It's cut off but it says

Detailed Error: The Parameter is Incorrect.

I can't seem to find any other entry in the event viewer.

The only clue that might be related is that the disk that's being used for backup is almost full, but I understand that backup automatically manages the disk space to make room for the most current backup, I could be wrong on that.

I did do a full backup, including system state, to a shared folder on another server, and it all completed without any errors.

If it is related to space, is there any way to delete the oldest backups? there are over 600 of them dating back over a year.

Thanks
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I just had this same issue on a server and it caused the Exchange logs to stop being truncated. We also had the exact same error message. The backup requires that 200% of the backup size be free on the destination for the backup to completely successfully.  

I had to change the location of the backups to a big driver and they started working again with no errors. This thread seems to have some create ways to clear out the old backups from command line:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/62488e7a-4638-430c-950c-e75ac42b0fa3/how-a-can-delete-old-versions?forum=windowsbackup
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thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction. I was able to free up space using the diskshadow command (there were over 600 shadow copies), hopefully that did the trick!
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