Originally Posted by stalker145
Instead of going through all of the hassle of creating a bootable flash drive, why not try the built-in Dell restore function?
<ctrl>+F11 when you see the Dell logo on boot. It should take you to the PC restore. If it doesn't, yes, your drive is probably bad. You may need to try it a couple of times.
Mini 9s don't have restore partitions.
If you need to get data off of it and have another computer available, I would suggest making a "live" Ubuntu USB memory stick. You can boot off of it, and assuming the SSD
is still readable you may be able to copy data to the stick to preserve it.
Otherwise, you need to either get an external USB CD-ROM to boot the Windows XP CD to do a repair install, or do the same with a bootable USB memory stick.