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How do I know that my hard disk has bad sectors?

I am not sure if its a boot sector virus or just an old hard disk that needs to be replaced. My desktop reboots repeatedly unless I stop it with the DEL key and go to BIOS and run it in fail safe settings
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You can download ubcd, or minipe, and burn them to a cd, if you have another computer, then insert the cd of your choice (minipe is a bit easier), minipe has a start menu similar to the normal windows start menu, somewhere in that menu, there should be a chkdsk, or check disk utility, you would want to run that, and choose yes when it asks if you want to check for bad sectors

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