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You're probably dealing with a hard drive that has problems which is why the format is failing. Boot the machine with your latest Snow Leopard DVD and instead of trying to do a secure format, run verify and repair from Disk Utilities. There may be some bad sectors on that drive. If there is, don't mess with it any further. Replace the drive.

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