09-18-2010, 03:44 PM
TSF Team Emeritus
Microsoft Visiting Expert
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
OS: Windows 98se/2000/XP/Vista/7/8 Pro/10 Pro/10 "Insider" / Linux(various)
Since operating systems generally aren't in the habit of vanishing without help from some external cause -- how did you come to the conclusion that it had vanished? What error messages did you see?
A possibility is that your Intel solid state drive failed. If diagnostics are available for your model from Dell, by all means run those. If you need to run the diagnostics from a bootable CD/DVD, see if you can borrow an external USB CD/DVD drive and use that to run the diagnostics.
If you have a desktop with available internal SATA connectors or external eSATA connectors, you can attach the SSD (the Intel s
rive), install the Intel SSD Toolbox, and run diagnostics on the drive. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...18455&lang=eng
Alternately, if you are fairly certain the trouble does not stem from any physical malfunction of the drive, you can simply try to borrow or acquire an external USB CD/DVD drive & run your Dell Windows XP Operating System disk again. If you have made backups of your personal data, delete the current partitions when prompted, and create a new partition to install Windows on. You won't have room to create a new partition if you don't delete the older.
Best of luck
. . . Gary