You have correctly identified that 'cloning' is what you need to do. After you clone the current disk on to the SSD, make the SSD the first boot device.
I use Apricorn's Drive wire for my cloning purposes. There are other programs that will do the same. Acronis, EASEUS, Seatools (will work only on Seagate drives), DriveImage,
I see. So when I clone my original system I simply use one of these applications which handles the copying process? Then from there make the SSD my primary boot drive from BIOS? Also, is Apricorn free?
Thank you for your response!