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My ipod is not working

My Ipod had been working fine for the few years I have had it.. (got it used, so im not sure about warranty/service) Then recently, it would freeze up on certain songs and after a while, just skip the songs (it's not the audio files.. they've all been ripped from CDs). After a few days of that kind of malfunction.. it stopped working all together. It powers on, but wont even make it to the menus. I can hear the hard drive spinning.. but after a while of displaying the apple logo, it displays a strange.. file error looking icon. a folder with a triangle over it, with an exclamation point inside (!). then it turns off.. sometimes powering back on by itself and repeating the same strange error.
I have tried to reformat the ipod.. but when I connect it to my PC.. it makes my PC freeze until it is unplugged (strange, i know). The PC does not recognize it, and neither does Itunes. So I cant update the software, or reformat the storage.. It seems to me that maybe the hard drive inside is ruined? Is there any way to fix that? or is it doomed for the trash?
any tips would be much appreciated.

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Re: My ipod is not working

The problem is with the hard drive. If you feel comfortable enough opening the iPod, you can buy a replacement hard drive on eBay, open it up (there are special pry tools you can buy on eBay that won't scratch the case, but if you don't mind you can use a small flathead screwdriver) and replace the hard drive.

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