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OSX install freezing on H.D.D. scan

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Recently the mac mini has not been starting up normally, (it froze in various parts of the installation) So, I inserted the Mac OSX Panther install DVD, and turned the mac on. It booted from the CD and loaded the installer application. When I agreed to teh license agreement, it came to a screen where teh H.D.D.s connected to the system were being scanned and shown. The 80 GB H.D.D. that came stock with the computer (This is a first-gen. Mac mini) showed up, but when I clicked on it to select "completely erase and install Mac OSX" since there had been a previous installatino of Panther on this) it scanned and never finished. The busy circle icon was spinnig and is still spinning for about 25 minutes, and nothing happens. THe mouse works, so the computer is not frozen, but the H.D.D. scan is not finishing.
Is this a problem with the Hard Drive, or any other component? and if so, is there any cure or remedy to this problem other than taking it to the Mac Guys or an Apple Store? Is tehre any way I can fix this problem without cahnging the H.D.D.? Thanks
    
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Celeron D 341 2.93 GHz skt. 775 Abit SG-80 skt. 775 Ati Radeon x700 Pro agp 512 MB DDR 266 
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2 x 18GB IDE DVD-RW IDE Windows XP SP3 24 in. LCD 
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Celeron D 341 2.93 GHz skt. 775 Abit SG-80 skt. 775 Ati Radeon x700 Pro agp 512 MB DDR 266 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x 18GB IDE DVD-RW IDE Windows XP SP3 24 in. LCD 
PowerCase
Ultra 350W midtower 
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Has it done this repeatedly? Sounds like it might've just screwed up that one time.

Before you get to scanning hard drives, open Utilities->Disk Utility: try wiping the current partition and set up a new HFS+ partition. Then continue into the hard drive screen. See how that goes...
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