So the title is slightly misleading because I know drive cloning is possible. I've read this FAQ: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/
However, I'm still foggy on the issue of functional drive cloning.
If I buy my wife a new laptop, it will have a mechanical HDD (my price-range). I'd very much like to, right after purchase, swap that drive with an SSD for speed/performance increase and heat/power-usage decrease.
So, that being said, can I use a cloning software (like Norton Ghost, or whichever you folks have had the best experience with) to copy/ghost the brand-new drive (likely a mostly empty 500GB spinner) onto a 64 or 128GB SSD? I know the amount of data clones must be less than the total capacity of the new drive. Are there any other limitations at play here?
Thanks a ton! This site is the best for computer questions; that's why I keep coming back.