I rebuilt my machine earlier in the week (the Remote Installation Service lets me flatten and rebuild to a Windows Vista + Office Enterprise 2007 image in about half an hour). Of course there's still a lot of work to do to install VS, SQL Server etc etc and reconfigure everything back the way I like it. Having separate OS / Data partitions helps a lot. All my data's still there when the OS comes back up.
However there are always some gotchas and I find myself in the embarrassing position of being gotcha'd this time around so I'm capturing a list and will refer to it next time I rebuild...
- Documents Folder
- I have my Documents folder redirected to my d: (data) drive (d:\Documents) so it takes care of itself
- Outlook and *.psts
- I locate *.pst files in my Documents folder
- That way my pst file never gets blatted with the OS (if you leave it in \Users\username\AppData\... remember to copy it)
- Favorites / Music / Videos etc
- Copy any folders in the \User\username folder that need keeping (I should probably re-direct these like the Documents folder)
- RSS Feeds
- Export feeds from IE and save the *.opml file in the Documents folder
- Anything lying around here I copy to Documents
- Copy anything here that needs saving (I locate all my vroots on my d: drive so again they take care of themselves)
- Do a quick scan around here just to make sure I haven't missed anything
- EFS (Encrypted File System) Files
- This is where I fell down this time around. Make sure you remember to export your keys or unencrypt your files / folders before the rebuild (and import / re-encrypt again afterwards). I failed to do this and now have a couple of very useless folders... Sigh...