creating windows image to external SSD

I have a win 7 pro laptop and im trying to create a Windows image using windows backup to an external verbatim SSD drive.  Upon trying to do so I get the error message not a valid backup location.  Its brand new formated NTFS w/ 230gb available.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Format the drive with the win 7 pro laptop:
 
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/format-hard-drive-windows-7.htm
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nmppAuthor Commented:
Originally i got the error message that it wasnt an NTFS drive and so i formatted it.  I just did it again and get same error, not a valid backup location.  Does Win 7 not allow creating images to an external drive?  Does it have to be fixed?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Looks like the Windows backup identifies that your USB disk is seen as a USB stick. That could be the reason it refuses to accept the drive as target for backup.
You don't need to use Windows backup tool for this as it does not compress the backup image first and second it is not as good as third party backup tool.
I recommend you using Paragon Backup and Recovery 13 tool which is free and does exactly what you need: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html
It does not have limitations like inbuilt tool and additionally it compresses the image good so that you could use SSD drive for more images.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Given my preference I'd use the SSD as my main drive and a spinning drive for backup, storing not often referenced items.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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nmppAuthor Commented:
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 backup does not recognize external SSD drives, period.  none of these answers tell me this.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Indeed, I gave you an answer:
Looks like the Windows backup identifies that your USB disk is seen as a USB stick. That could be the reason it refuses to accept the drive as target for backup.
USB Stick is a flash disk. Same as SSD disk. As I suggested go with third party level backup and you will not have the same problem.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The answer was given in ID: 39491660.
Looks like the Windows backup identifies that your USB disk is seen as a USB stick. That could be the reason it refuses to accept the drive as target for backup.
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