"I read everywhere about Norton Ghost and other software but can't I just install the SSD into my PC and install Windows 7 on it from scatch? " This is the preferred method for setting up a new ssd. A lot of people don't have install disk, or don't want to go through installing everything on a new drive so they try to clone and old one.
I would probably format your old drive just to start with a clean slate once you've got your ssd installed and running properly. Make sure your controller is in ahci, and the mechanical drive is disconnected when you install Windows on the ssd. After you get the ssd setup, connect the mechanical drive and format it through Windows. This will erase all data on the drive so make sure you don't need anything on it before moving forward.
Thanks for the reply.
How do I set my controller to ahci?