I have not had a mac for a very long time. It's been rather trying and I guess I bought with unrealistic expectations that things would simply just work and there would not be loads of issues that require constant re-installs. I came from a Windows world where there were drive letters and directory trees. I have worked in Linux where there is a directory structure, and though it is a bit more complex, I can get by. This Mac however seems to defy any logic to me as they have hidden everything under the veil for simplicity, so when something goes wrong there is no means to try and fix it. So I am looking to try and force to semblance of logic and function to my world of chaos. Put things into logical drives so the OS that seems to need to be re-installed every couple of weeks according to AppleCare, can be located in a different spot than my Apps, and my Library, and my Data. I have read here on countless threads about people with older Mac's and a hard drive, and someone suggests they put an SSD into their Mac and load the Apps onto it. Shy on details of how to pull this off. I have tried to ask AppleCare on how to do this and low and behold they don't support that sort of thing, and fall back to my problems are that my install of OSX must have had a glitch and simply re-install and then recover my files from TimeMachine. Either this OS must be flakier than pastry or something else fundamentally is not going right. Is there a Step By Step guide on how to move your App's folder and Library folder to a new logical drive? How about where your home folder resides? Or is it just as simple as creating a symbolic link (alias) pointing to the new logical drive volume where you want that folder to reside? For example, if I wanted to move my Applications folder to a new volume called MacApps I could use: ln -s "/Volumes/MacApps/Applications/" "Applications" from the root folder / on my OSX install disk? Q?> does the symbolic link (alias) replace the folder or is it put inside the folder? Q?> how does timemachine see these links? does it just backup the symbolic link or follow the link as if the files were local? Do you need to flag backup the new logical drive volume? I am trying to separate my data and OS from each other so that if/when it goes south I am not loosing everything or having to rebuild back after a TimeMachine restore.