What part broke? You could probably just take the HDD out and put it in something else to get the stuff off it. Or if that's what broke, just replace it, would be fairly cheap.
I have a strong suspicion it's the HDD that broke. I hope it can be revived though, because I can't really afford buying a new one. And it's quite an old laptop, I wonder if it would still be possible to buy parts for it.
PP2: My Christmas tree is falling apart! I bought it yesterday and it's already losing needles like crazy! How the hell am I supposed to dress it now?! Rage. >