Thanks for your reply.
The Lenovo Recovery process worked great, and I was able to restore the image of the former HDD into my new SDD in just about 4 hours.
I do save the images of my thinkpad to a network location over my WiFi Home Network and the recovery process was understandably long but very successful.
The only cons I noticed is a lengthy boot time, even longer than using my old 5400 RPM HDD.
Once I am logged in everything runs really, really fast. I am using Vista Basic 64-bit SP2.
The image I restored was saved just after I defragged the old HDD. Should I defrag the SDD now?
What type of tuning do I need to do to expedite the boot time?
Your help is appreciated.
Usually you don't have to prepare the SSDf or a Vista/Win7 install, as they will recognize the drive and take the appropriate measures.
Copying over an image is a different story and might require a manual alignment with Diskpart. Also, there are some tweaks to the system that you can do afterward (which are normally done during install as well).
I would recommend installing from scratch, but if you just want a running system, copying the image should work as well.