I recently upgraded to an 120gb SSD from intel to use as an OS boot drive. I have reinstalled windows 7 on it instead of directly copying the existing OS on the HDD.
I would like to know if there is a way for the new copy of the OS to use my old user account which is still present on the HDD without copying the entire account onto the SSD (which definitely won't fit)? I would like to save the hassle of re-installing all the programs and configuring the user settings all over again.
Yes, that you can do and will save you quite a bit of time, although other software and setting will be additionally required to be Installed a fresh again. Windows Migration Tool is going to help you out with the MS software only.
You can clone or old HDD to the SSD, if it fits on the SSD. Clonezilla or True Image can used for it.
This makes it possible to use the system like the old, with all bugs.
Most settings are in c:\uses\*YOU*\APPDATA a hidden systemfolder. Many settings can just be copied from source to target.