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During most distrobutions installs, it offers you an option to scan your disk before completing the install (during the format stage). IF yours doesn't, try using a recovery feature if one is available on your distro's install CD's. From there you should be able to use fsck as Chris noted above.
yeah they will all allow you to do this (unless it is some oddball distro). In Mandrake i believe you have to use the 'expert' mode for it to give you the option (type expert then enter to boot rather than just hitting enter to install)
Other distros may do the same for the newbie factor, but it should be there. It is a pretty vital option imo.