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23 Jul 2011  
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mate.

You would have a better time using Macrium instead of Windows backup, have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Imaging with free Macrium

To answer the question, you can store an image externally though be sure to create a separate file for it, don't just let it "go where it wants" to go.
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