Thank you all so much, I'm currently in the process of copying all my data over to my external harddrive! Seriously, this means a lot to me getting this data back and I didn't think I would. For anyone else here's what I ended up doing.
1. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ The site posted had a link to this page, download the installer and run it.
2. When you open the program go to the drop down menu and select "ubuntu-12.04.1 Desktop" and check the box to download the ISO.
3. Download the ISO
4. Choose it from the browse menu than pick your USB drive, format the USB and let the program install it for you then plug that usb into the busted laptop, turn it on and let it boot from the USB
5. Just go into the files and you'll see your harddrive, the Ubuntu desktop was actually simple to use and I'm in the process of copying over 300gs of data to my external harddrive.
I can't thank you all enough. I really do love it here at the GB community, I'm glad I joined.