Ok I did a little searching on the web and it seems if you organize your uploads by year and month etc, you have to let the software recreate the uploads folder FIRST and then you can put back the files.
Worked like a charm. Except now the image uploader won't work. :-( GEESH!
Thankfully she only had ONE post with a graphic, and it's a flyer for an event gone by and not even needed so I could have just deleted it but it was good for me to play around to test my theory...
Now, about that other post of mine you answered re: DB Username PW question -- do you know the answer? I can't use this particular site to experiment with -- it's too important.
If I delete the user that is in the config file, created a new user, add to DB w/perms, and then of course with a new PW, then just adjust the config and re-upload, I should be OK right? The purpose of the DB Username/password is to allow the software to connect with the DB?