I looks pretty serious - I can't even get it to the apple logo. I just hear the disc spinning and I reset it and the disc spins down, then it spins up and I hear it seeking then a clunk and it stops and spins up again. I can't get it into any mode that will allow me to do a restore so I suspect it is the drive or the logic board. Since I like the iPod so much I'm tempted to spend money on a new drive but would like to hear other's opinions. I could also buy another one second hand and keep mine for parts since the case is perfect.