A little backstory:
The other day my system froze and i tried to reboot, which after rebooting just hung on a black screen. I have plugged in my bootdisc and can view all of my files on the HDD. I couldn't figure out what the problem was so i decided as the files i want to keep are on a separate partition to the OS that i would reinstall the OS. now i am getting either the Errno 5 when trying to reinstall the OS (Mint 12) or it just stops at either Configuring Hardward or removing packages. I've read it may be HDD failure but the HDD is less than a year old and i can still access the files on the drive through linux booting off a USB.
if anybody knows why this is happening and how to fix it please help me. I have been spending the entire day trying to get this fixed, that i'm starting to lose my tether!