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It does sound very much like your hard drive has either died or is dying. Unless you have been making backups of your data, it could all be gone along with the dead or dying hard drive.

I know you're thinking why did it work again after you reinstalled OS X? The drive was likely failing the first time but had enough "spoof" in it to go for a bit more. Happens all the time.

If your iMac is not under warranty, you can replace the hard drive yourself. Any kind of interior work on an iMac is a rather difficult task because the entire display has to be removed first before gaining access to the inside of the machine. You can get an idea of what's involved by going to iFixit: The free repair manual and looking up changing out a hard drive on an iMac. They have a step by step that can be followed.
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