If you do a fresh install you will either have to re-enter all your user information (email, settings, bookmarks, mail, etc. etc.) or you will have to import it from the previous drive.
Seems to me you cannot avoid some level of information transfer from the old to the new. This is why I much prefer the first method. i.e. Clone your old drive to the new drive, then replace one with the other.
Get yourself a USB->SATA adapter and use Carbon Copy Cloner
to clone the internal to the SSD. After completion, reboot to the
SSD while still external to insure all is well (it will be somewhat
slower since it is USB). When satisified that all is well, swap the
Thanks everyone. I've done a copy with Carbon Copy Cloner and everything seems to be working fine. Good idea, woodmeister50 to test it before going through fiddle of installing it on mac mini.
Thanks ToastMonk. I just went through that process
although I was using Seagate's Thunderbolt adapter.
I was actually testing for many weeks as I had not
seen many reviews with Macs on the drive I
had purchased and wanted to make very sure all