glad to hear and you're
take your time, to get all the things back !
and next time use Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner ( <--- to make a " bootable " copy of your complete OS ), it'll make your Life easier !!!
please add " solved " to your Topic.
Thank you for the additional advice! I will definitely take it..
As for using directories other than the SSD primary disc, I found and followed these basic instructions,
And did that for everything, Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music, etc..
The only thing (user files wise) I left to reside on the SSD are the applications.
I'll eventually find a way to modify Earlybird (Thunderbird Aurora) so that it saves all it's stuff to the 2tb mechanical disc rather than the SSD.
And with everything mirrored via Time Machine and CCC, I should be in good shape if anything ever happens and I have to move my stuff to a new machine.
Now that the hard stuff is over and behind me I have other questions about other tweaks but I'll just start new question threads when those arise.
Thanks again very much guys!