Small Business Server 2009 Backup (Windows Server Backup)

So i connected a new external 1TB hard drive to the server via USB. I used the Windows Server Backup program to configure that drive for scheduled nightly backups and after the software reformatted the drive all was set. After the first night it attempted to do a full system backup and it failed with Error Message (FAILED: Incorrect Function). I checkd c>windows>logs>windowsserverBackup there was no text log file created? I do see an ETL file  created around the time of failure 1am. Event viewer shows Event ID 517 and that the backup failed about 7 minutes into it. Any reason why my backups are failing?
Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Asked:
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Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalCommented:
I would start by looking into the status of all your VSS writers.

In Command prompt type vssadmin list providers

Please paste results here or perhaps it will shine a light into your problem.
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Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Author Commented:
Provider name: Microsoft software shadown copy provider 1.0
provider type: system
provider ID: (b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5)
Version 1.0.0.7
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Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalCommented:
Ok so there is only a Microsoft VSS writer.

Try this next : vssadmin list writers
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Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Author Commented:
Provider name: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
   Provider type: System
   Provider Id: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}
   Version: 1.0.0.7


C:\Users\HMRadmin>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Waiting for responses.
These may be delayed if a shadow copy is being prepared.

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {93f6d488-065a-4e5d-8c6c-d025b7b46780}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'FRS Writer'
   Writer Id: {d76f5a28-3092-4589-ba48-2958fb88ce29}
   Writer Instance Id: {d26b8a73-ab41-4c68-a563-708c5f08c69d}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'SqlServerWriter'
   Writer Id: {a65faa63-5ea8-4ebc-9dbd-a0c4db26912a}
   Writer Instance Id: {78531f10-dec6-4b96-80f6-2f13c757d10e}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'ASR Writer'
   Writer Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
   Writer Instance Id: {ce1226d4-ab8a-4dbe-88f9-ba074f3afe63}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'SPSearch VSS Writer'
   Writer Id: {57af97e4-4a76-4ace-a756-d11e8f0294c7}
   Writer Instance Id: {1a1e78b8-5251-4983-8df6-8bc3b65b7826}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'FSRM Writer'
   Writer Id: {12ce4370-5bb7-4c58-a76a-e5d5097e3674}
   Writer Instance Id: {92722c5d-4803-4609-a92a-104b3c655967}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'IIS Config Writer'
   Writer Id: {2a40fd15-dfca-4aa8-a654-1f8c654603f6}
   Writer Instance Id: {5c378c96-de04-404f-a09e-471736cbb8dd}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {5250a811-18c4-4e70-950f-9c85d0b40574}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Shadow Copy Optimization Writer'
   Writer Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
   Writer Instance Id: {42c6df7b-ba6f-42ec-abc5-31ed7baf3c44}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'SharePoint Services Writer'
   Writer Id: {c2f52614-5e53-4858-a589-38eeb25c6184}
   Writer Instance Id: {15c3bea2-d098-432c-a4b4-59daaac2d945}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Microsoft Exchange Writer'
   Writer Id: {76fe1ac4-15f7-4bcd-987e-8e1acb462fb7}
   Writer Instance Id: {a0e56e32-3ea3-4ae6-b96a-55d0fa1e286e}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Certificate Authority'
   Writer Id: {6f5b15b5-da24-4d88-b737-63063e3a1f86}
   Writer Instance Id: {10d0ced8-3837-4bad-bf60-f062683d10e3}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
   Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
   Writer Instance Id: {230dd368-0a0b-42dd-9744-fb48e2b2072a}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'BITS Writer'
   Writer Id: {4969d978-be47-48b0-b100-f328f07ac1e0}
   Writer Instance Id: {e9b7f9ca-695d-4a28-aa5d-925afd49d974}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Dhcp Jet Writer'
   Writer Id: {be9ac81e-3619-421f-920f-4c6fea9e93ad}
   Writer Instance Id: {99f19b27-bd0e-41ff-859a-6c828dd36b07}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'IIS Metabase Writer'
   Writer Id: {59b1f0cf-90ef-465f-9609-6ca8b2938366}
   Writer Instance Id: {8b5900f6-9270-4914-b203-b0c10fd2084c}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'NTDS'
   Writer Id: {b2014c9e-8711-4c5c-a5a9-3cf384484757}
   Writer Instance Id: {f839b3c6-6f76-463d-89df-3ed91dd3fbe7}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
   Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Instance Id: {c171d7a0-ef76-4a35-a41d-f86480792868}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'TS Gateway Writer'
   Writer Id: {368753ec-572e-4fc7-b4b9-ccd9bdc624cb}
   Writer Instance Id: {24aa0311-168e-4031-9744-d8f0d63238a7}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'NPS VSS Writer'
   Writer Id: {35e81631-13e1-48db-97fc-d5bc721bb18a}
   Writer Instance Id: {2368f2e0-efb5-4d97-9ba7-7bf28205b26a}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error
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Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalCommented:
Well i seems all are fine there.

Have you restarted the server and tried running the backup?

If no joy after the restart - uninstall Windows server backup feature. Re-install and reconfigure backup.
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Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Author Commented:
Ok will give that a try this weekend. and follow up on Monday. Thank you very much.
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