Content disappears off iPod mini

I have an original iPod mini and it's always worked great. It has the latest software, and I have the latest version of iTunes. In the past week or so, I've had a lot of problems with syncing and getting iTunes to even recognize my iPod. I've had to repeatedly restore it, then load all the songs, audiobooks and podcasts onto it. Several times now, after laboriously copying everything over, I've synced a podcast or music, only to find nothing on the iPod when I hop into my car and turn on the iPod. This happened again today, right after I verified that I'd loaded two new podcasts on it and ejected it properly.
This time I decided, after restoring, to cut my losses and only put on the podcasts I want to listen to, and one audiobook. No music. So I loaded on one audiobook and one podcast. When I tried to drag another podcast on, it just refused to do anything. No error message or anything. This has happened once before.
Is it possible that my iPod hard drive is just giving out? Does this seem like a hard drive issue? I can't think of anything else, but I'm crossing my fingers that this is not it. Help!

That much "other" is usually corrupt data, to fix it you need to restore and resynch.
Good luck,

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