Oh and one more thing, I just recently bought an 80GB iPod classic off eBay for $90. Its a bit scratched up and it has the infamous error 1430, the one that prevents the iPod from syncing with iTunes (which I was aware of when I bought it). I researched the error and found that it can be easily fixed my using my MacBook's disk utility to wipe and reformat the hard drive entirely.
Here's the problem, I've tried fixing the problem through all means of hard drive formatting and firmware downgrading and updating etc. etc. and my final diagnosis is that it needs a hard drive replacement, which could cost me another $130 to repair. It does make the telltale clicking noise that means a busted drive. But before I go to Apple, does anyone else know of a possible fix, preferably something short of cracking the thing open? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.