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I don't understand why you didn't use the Recovery partition within Mountain Lion to do the repairs? Neither Lion nor Mountain Lion are on disk - and yes, you can create a boot disk for either, but you can also use the Recovery partition. (command + r)

If all efforts to repair the hard drive have failed, it may be time to replace the drive. But before you go that route, try using Disk Utility from the Mountain Lion Recovery partition first. If that also fails, go to iFixit: The free repair manual and look up the step by step instructions for changing out the hard drive. Not an easy task in an iMac.
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