The problem was not with an external disk. It was with the actual 'C' drive itself. To resolve the issue... I had to do a CHDDSK /F and it turned out there were two corrupt files - I had to do this with administrative rights and it took awhile for me to remember how to do this; but I chose the 'Run As Administrator' the 'MSDOS Command.com' Command... and then chkdsk. This somehow then allowed me to do the back up... I cant remember the file names; but I do recall it hung on the one when attempting to do the antivirus scan... but now I have the AVG forcing itself as the default homepage which I do not want... alas... I may need to reimage again.. computers can be a real pita sometimes... Thank you for checking in.