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OS X Mavericks SSD drive crash

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Dear Experts:
I have a MacBook Pro 2008 256GB SSD drive that was on Leopard that crashed.  I was able to get data off just before failure.  I am unable to reinstall OS X Mavericks on drive due to the following error:
- File System Formatter Failed.
Heres what I've done so far:

- ATM utility cd reports good computer
- Disk Utility verify/repair shows good drive.
- Disk Utility on OS X Mavericks boot USB allows erase and format of ExtFat or Fat32 but not Mac Extended Journaled.  I cycled through erase/reformat several times.  Unable to reformat due to error: File System Formatter failed.
- OS X Mavericks fails to install due to "Recovery system can't be created"

- Downloaded DiskTester.app (Diglloyd.com) but can't run it from Boot disk.  I put it in the Utilities directory however Boot USB doesn't show in menu therefore cant run..
- Tried to run from terminal but can't figure out how to access it.  
- Can't access computer from another mac.

Questions:
- How can I access a failed SSD from another Mac computer so I can run DiskTester on it?
- How can I access from terminal?

I'm ready to install new SSD drive but really wanted to run this through a diagnostic utility first to make sure it truly has failed and is the problem.

thanks in advance.
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Use Target Disk Mode: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
(works with firewire to Thunderbolt connections)
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That worked!  Now it show disk i/o error -36 so I think it's time for a new SDD.
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You can't reformat it using disk utility in target disk mode?
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