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Need help recovering data from a fried hard disk

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Hi. I learned a couple of days ago why you should do regular backups. Left my laptop working for the day in hot weather. When I came back it had crashed. On reboot it no longer booted up. I could still access the BIOS and boot from alternative media but not from the hard drive. The laptop tried to access the hard disk for a couple of minutes (hard drive light was blinking) and then failed. I made an ubuntu live usb stick and am currently working from there, trying to access my hard drive so I could image my data on another disk before sending the laptop for repairs. All my data is (HowTos)