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MacBook - Needing some help rebooting this thing up

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My girlfriend recently.. Left her computer on during the day and was downloading from some torrent sites. Not specifying if this is the root cause considering she just reformatted and reinstalled OS X tiger.. a couple of days ago. It's been running fine till tonight. When we try to boot up it comes up with the flashing ? Mark. We try the boot cd, during installation comes up with locate the destination and there is no destinations to go to. We try Disk Utilities and her hardrive is no where to be found. Or everything is grayed out. We are up to our ears this is driving us nuts. It doesn't matter what we have to do with saving anything important. If starting from scratch is what we have to do then that's what we will do. We just need some help. I'm hoping no one has encountered this lol but also would appreciate some input or advice. Thanks!
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Mac Specs: MBP 13" mid 2010, 2.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD

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Try resetting the PRAM and see if it helps detecting the hard drive with Disk Utility:

Resetting your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM
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Or, try holding down the X key when you power on the computer. This will boot you into Mac OS X.
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