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Try to use Window Backup to fully backup my sharepoint frontend system. If I include the "System State", it prompts up the error "This volume is formatting using a file system that is  unsupported for backup. Only NTFS-formatted volumes can be used for backup.

Any idea ?

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go to command prompt
Run cmd
in cmd type "diskpart"
then type "list volume"

you will see something similar to this

DISKPART> list volume

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     E                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 1     D   System Rese  NTFS   Partition    100 MB  Healthy
  Volume 2     C                       Partition    465 GB  Healthy    System

DISKPART>


If you see something that says FAT32 you can use a command in Diskpart to convert the filesystem to NTFS.

But first lets see what you get from the first command and then we can proceed.
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The other option is:
Right click on my computer
Go to Manage"
Go to disk management

and you will see the attachment below
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I just want to backup system state and I suppose Window system state should either in C: or D:. The OS is FAT but I don't select it.

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i would say that local disk c has the os OEM on it and its fat 32
can you just do D and does that work successfully?
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Your BCD, BootMgr and Boot data is on this small 2GB partition. This is a typical situation when a machine has OEM partition formatted in FAT32.
Now you need either to convert the partition to NTFS or move this data to C:
Only then will it be possible to backup system state as BCD and BootMgr are also part of your system state.
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Correct noxcho.. You can convert these with a simple command on the command line.
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What's the command for the conversion ?

Will it affect the server as it is a production server ...

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Converting from FAT to NTFS goes on the fly. But I am not sure if it will work good for OEM partition.
The command is Convert X: /FS:NTFS where X is the drive letter of the volume. But you do not have there drive letter on system volume.
Are you able to assign the drive letter to it via Windows Disk Management?
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No worries glad to help.
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