IPod mini updater problem

I am being driven mad this afternoon....My iPod mini keeps showing a file with a warning sifn. I think I have done everything I should (the 5 R's) but to no avail. Whenever I try and install iPod updater I am only given the option to restore. When I try to do that, I get the message 'Firmware update failure. disk write error'. Can somebody please tell me what I am doing wrong??

Thanks for this. Changing the port didn't help. When I went into the universal serial bus controllers, there were no items labelled as the instructions said. Mine say:
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