I have noticed through a significant amount of threads issues where an individual buys a DELL Mini and there are no recovery disks...the answer is "there is a recovery partition".
Wrong answer! In this day and age the need for ever increasing disk capacity is there. Whenever you buy a laptop/system the base drive ultimately will never be enough. So , what do you do when you replace the existing hard drive for increased capacity or repair?
I have a 13" XPS, 15" Inspirion, and just bought 2 DELL Mini 1012s..all no recovery disks. In each case I called DELL support and demanded the physical disks for my units. I paid for them! And, in every case DELL was gracious enough to send me OS and Utility/App disks right away. DELL service rocks!!