Typically you would remove the HDD from the L/T and use an enclosure to do data transfer, that is generally what a shop would do. It is not generally conisdered a major job, however the HDD will have to be removed if the system is non functional.
I have a compaq presario v3000 laptop which is about 4 years old. It is an AMD processor laptop. The laptop over heated & has caused the motherboard to fail. I have lots of files/photos on the harddrive that I would like to retrieve however I do not want to pay ridiculous prices for an IT shop to retrieve them or pay for another motherboard.