Without stepping on toes here,can i ask:
You say old pc is dead..is the old harddrive ok ?
Maybe you can use something like R-Drive click here
i have been tinkering with a couple of harddrives recently and was advised to use this.Its simple to use and may just help you reclaim the data.
However,you may not have enough time to get the xmas cards out unless you pick one of these kits up or similar from your local pc world/currys etc.