"UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME"

I've recently acquired an older PC which I want to restore. After gaining all the cables et cetera, I decided I wanted to boot up the PC and begin troubleshooting from there on. Now the PC's operating system is Windows XP, and after a boot-up displays the BSOD saying "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME", now I've read up about the error, and I think it's most tailored to a corrupted file system in my case. So I wondered, if I can reset the HDD completely erase all data from it and install another OS.

Would this eliminate the corrupted file system or is it an actual physical damage which requires a new HDD?

-Thanks
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  1. my first step would just be to reinstall an os. if it
    's a corrupted file, then that would no longer be an issue. if the hd is faulty, then the issue may pop up later
  2. Give it a try and see if it works. It's possible that the drive is bad, or that the cable is bad, or the HDD controller is bad. Only way to really know is to try and reformat the drive.
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