That many hard drives failing with a kernel panic indicates to me that your problem lies elsewhere.
When you boot from the install disk with no hard drive in what happens?
Is this a retail system installation disk? What system is it? Is it a machine specific "grey" installation disk and what system is on it and what machine does it say that it's for?
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.3.7 Maximum MacOS: X 10.5.8
There are other ways to format than Disk Utilities.
Here's How to Erase a Disk from Command Line in Mac OS X:
Here's how to use Terminal:
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