Event ID 55 occurs during system backup, but chkdsk finds no problems

Applies to: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition with Service Pack 2Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86)Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition More

Symptoms


Event ID 55 is written to the System log shortly after a system backup has begun. However, when you run chkdsk, no problems are found.

Cause


This behavior occurs when the SYSTEM account permission is removed from a file or a folder on a volume. When a backup is run in this situation, Windows cannot read the file or folder because the SYSTEM account doesn't have permissions to it. Therefore, Windows marks the file or folder as corrupted. However, when chkdsk runs, it does not require permissions to check for corruption on the file, and therefore it finds no problems.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, locate the file or folder that had the SYSTEM account permission removed, and add back default permissions to that file or folder.