I posted a warning about this problem in the "Windows Secrets Columns" area. I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit computer.
I wanted to create a disk image, and I got stuck at the very first step. I got a 32G Sandisk Cruzer USB memory stick. When I tried to back up onto it, it couldn't be done because the stick was not NTFS formatted. I try to format it in NTFS, and at the end of the process I get "Windows was unable to complete the format". I am trying various things, but failing.
I tried formating it as FAT32, or restoring it to that. I tried an HP tool designed to format memory sticks. I hope I haven't ruined the device. When I looked on the web, I only saw solutions that I didn't understand, or that didn't work for me. The last thing I did was to format it as FAT32. It looked empty after that, with "show hidden files" set.
Has someone been through this and found a solution?