I'm plum out of luck. A few days ago my iPod took a dive, and it started skipping songs. then it couldn't find any songs. then it died. It was a sad day, but alas, the iPod had survived 3 years, so I wasn't too bumed out. I ordered a new hard drive online for $94.50. Then I asked a friend if I could borrow his IDE>1.8" HDD reader. I pulled my iPod's hard drive out and plugged it directly into my computer. My computer recognized i and I could use it just like any other hard drive. So why does my iPod give me a hard drive error whenever I turn it on?