Originally Posted by phenom2
It's not a good idea to clone an image from an HDD to an SSD as go4life already said! Just do a clean install....you'll end in a while because of the new SSD speed! Anyway if you want to try cloning it..you could try with macrium reflect..it should work and it's free.
I have to agree with this as well. A clean install is always better, but especially with Win7/Win 8. Both versions use different system settings when installed on an SSD rather than a traditional HDD. If you have a lot of software/drivers/custom settings, a clean install is pain in the rear, but I think in the long run you'll be glad you spent the time to do so. Ounce of prevention = pound of cure sort of thing.
Your specs list a WD Caviar Black as your HDD so you could try Acronis True Image WD Edition
for free version. The only condition is that you have a WD drive connected when you install/run the program, but you can clone to/from non WD HDDs (FYI) as well to/from a WD HDD. Haven't tried it lately (fortunately), but I've had no problems at all with True Image in the past. I cloned my pre-SSD OS/programs single partition 1TB HDD to a single partition 500GB HDD as a back up without issue. The software will automatically adjust for the smaller HDD partition. If you happen to have a Seagate HDD lying around, Seagate also provides a something similar called "Disk Wizard" for free. I suggest trying True Image first, but perhaps another option in the event True Image doesn't work for you.
I've read about the alignment issue nanoprobe mentioned above, and I don't know whether the most recent version of True Image (WD version or retail) will take that into account. You'd have to so some research on that.
In general, I still recommend a clean install, but once you get that finished, you might consider making a back up copy from your new SSD to an aligned HDD. If something goes wrong with your SSD (hardware or software/virus/etc.), you can boot from the back up and clone back.
[edit- corrected/added link]Edited by goesto11 - 3/3/13 at 12:41am