A crashed hard drive is pretty nasty. I’m sorry. One thing I can strongly recommend you to try is to hook your drive onto your new system and install TestDisc. It is the most powerful tool I know of - and if you use it properly, you should get your data back.
** Important: **get yourself another drive (preferably exactly the same with exact the same size) to WRITE data onto. What you will do FIRST is to make a 1 to 1 copy of your crashed drive using TestDisc. And please: ONLY (!) work on the copy you’ve made.
Well, I tried Dolphin in SuperUser mode, and that did the trick.
It wouldn’t copy the files to a non superuser session tho, so I used the split feature to drag them across from the old laptop drive, to my Documents folder on my Desktop machine, from withing the same window. Nice feature that Split thing. I like it, even if it is a little clunky imho
It was a few years ago now and I was young(er) and more naive!
Had do do something quick - had all the holiday snaps from Florida on that drive, and if I’d lost 'em I would have been in right trouble with the missus! That was the software I found after a quick Google at the time.