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...
i got similar technique
One thing that I've missed in the past is Sql server database files that get stuck up in the Program Files by default.
Good point Jason - I've missed them before as well. Since then I've created a Databases folder on my d: drive and just re-attach them after the rebuild. For samples such as Northwind / Pubs etc I used to re-install each time which was time consuming. Mike
Hey, don't use EFS anymore.
There is a freeware option called TrueCrypt that allows you to have all your encrypted stuff in a file that can be mounted as a drive protected by a password.
So you only have to take care of ONE file, it's great.