Unable to reinstall vista

My inspiron laptop stopped working and will not fully reboot. I decided to reinstall windows but it was not possible to do it using the back up vista stored on the partition. I am trying to reinstall vista using the DVD that came with it but when it gets to choosing the partition (step 4.6 on http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=339949) it gives the error message:

'Windows could not create a partition on disc 0. The error occurred while preparing the computer'ssystem volume. Error code 0x80042453.'

Any ideas?!?

thanks for any help

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Mary G
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Re: Unable to reinstall vista

Your hard drive might have died. You should run the Diagnostics from the boot menu. Do a search for the error code to see more answers.

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Re: Unable to reinstall vista

Running the diagnostics gets stuck on 'Status: attempting to start DST'.

Any idea what this signifies?

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