Thanks so much for replying kenrivers and mrscruffy!
@kenrivers, I am narrowing down the cloning software, and from what you've told me and what I've researched, I think I will be just fine doing the hhd clone.
@mrscruffy, I have two SATA slots in my notebook and the SSD I chose has a notebook kit to satisfy SATA - SATA III, so that's not really my issue. But that is definitely my fault for not mentioning that.
Do you guys think my current set up is good or is the set up I want a better option?