[SOLVED] Plugged in corrupted old laptop drive into PC and now it won't boot

Jan 15, 2022
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I had an old laptop (from a junk pile at school) that no longer worked/ didn't boot and decided to reuse its hard drive, however, once I plugged it into my PC in order to reformat it the PC would not boot.
I quickly force shut down the system and unplugged the drive and tried rebooting but it now won't boot and is stuck with the CPU-LED indicator light on.

I tried everything I could think of, unplugging all my drives and SSDs, but nothing worked. What could've gone wrong here? I am worried that I completely bricked my CPU, would love some advice.

I also attempted all the methods that were mentioned here, but to no avail: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/plugged-in-corrupted-hard-drive-now-computer-wont-boot-at-all.1417210/

Specs:
CPU: i9-12900k
RAM: Corsair Dominator 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16
GPU: N/A (lol I refuse to pay scalper prices)
MOBO: Gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4 ATX
SSD: 1TB samsung 980 pro
HDD: 8TB ironwolf pro
PSU: Seagate PX-850W 80+ platinum

corrupted HDD: Hitachi 320GB, Z7K320-320 (from an old Toshiba laptop)

EDIT:
added PSU to specs
 
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Jan 15, 2022
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Remove all drives except the original boot drive.

Clear CMOS.

Reboot. Hopefully the system will find the original boot drive and restart.

If not, go into BIOS and check the configuration settings.
I tried this, but still no work :/. I am currently trying to boot off of a fresh install of W11 from a USB drive.
 

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