My 30G iPod Classic (5th generation) is stuck in perpetual recovery mode. I plug it into iTunes; it tells me to Restore; I click Restore; iTunes "restores" it; then it brings me back to the exact same "this iPod needs to be restored" message. I decided to Google the problem and found many, many iPod users who have the same problem - the majority of them 5th generation Classic owners. Anyways, the most common fix was to change the Drive letter associated with the iPod. This was because Windows (Vista user here) was confusing the iPod with another drive that uses the same letter. I tried changing the letter. First to "Z", then to "S". No dice. The next option was to go into Disk Manager or My Computer (really anywhere in Windows Explorer that lets you view your disks), right click the iPod, and "Format" it, i.e. wipe all data. I tell it to Format. A bar comes up. It creeps ever so slowly. Finally after two hours (literally) the bar fills... and Windows tells me it can't Format the drive. I'm stuck. I even checked the official Apple site. First it gives me the drive letter fix, then if that didn't work it told me to Format it. Neither solution is working. Anyone else who has encountered this problem? Anyone who knows how to fix it?