You could clone the old HDD to the new SDD, either in an external USB 2.0 enclosure (10 ) or when you inserted the SSD as second drive.
Use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to make a 1:1 copy.
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Lion Recovery Disk Assistant
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The question has already been answered for you. You put the SSD drive in a USB enclosure, set it up as bootable and clone the original drive to the SSD.Well, I don't plan on having another drive in the mini. Just a single SSD. What would I do in that case?
Thanks for the help.
Use Lion Internet Recovery by using Command+Option+R on boot. This will boot you directly from Apple's servers and give you a full recovery toolset, including the ability to redownload the latest version of Lion and install it.
Excellent! How does that work though? Do I have to enter in some kind of serial number or something? To show I have a legit pre-installed copy?
That's great. I really appreciate your input here. Sounds like it may not be as big a deal as I thought it would be.