i apologize for misreading your original post
'backup and restore' lists all available partitions for use as backup destinations, internal, and external
it doesn't discriminate
i'm wondering why you're wondering that win 7 will only want to use external drives
did you read that somewhere
there isn't any risk with this process. go through the motions of backup and restore, and see for yourself
you have nothing to lose
Thank you for your reply.
I will give it a try.
I was being frugal and lazy in asking the question.
Frugal as in not wanting to buy an additional drive to test with and lazy, not wanting to open the PC to install a drive when it might not work.
I will report back on my results.