Yes, despite my best efforts to cure it, my 40gb iPod is dead! : (
I tried restoring it, reformatting it, etc etc yadayadayada… but nothing worked. It’s now going off to take a visit to UKiPodRepairs.com to see if they can do anything else with it. I reckon the hard drive is toast which is at least £150 to fix, I’d sooner buy a new iPod I reckon. Ah well.