I picked up a 256GB external thunderbolt SSD to install OS X on to. I am extremely nervous about losing my data so I've read a lot about how to install it and I am pretty confident I can install the OS and get it up and running. However, I have a few other concerns that I am not able to find answers for. I really want to do a clean install and just restore my files. My biggest concern is that I have almost 500GB of data backed up in Time Machine and only have a 256GB SSD. Can I pick and choose things to restore? I am considering moving my Home Directory to the internal drive after the install, but I am worried about accessing the Time Machine backup once I perform that clean install. Is it possible to just keep my SSD with a clean OS X install and then restore my files to the 1TB internal drive? I really don't care about restoring settings and applications.. my Time Machine backup contains mostly my iTunes Library and iPhoto library, personal documents, etc. I've also read about the possibility of creating a DIY Fusion drive, which would give me faster performance and I may not have to juggle my data between 2 volumes.. Any advice, tips would be great! Thanks!