|Is Vista currently running on the mechanical hard drive? If so, just temporarily disconnect it and then set the SSD to be the first boot device in the BIOS. Install the OS and any other programs you desire. |
I suggest partitioning the 60GB. That is larger than necessary for your OS and key programs that should be on the OS partition.
Then reconnect the second drive. None of the programs currently installed on the mechanical drive will work without reinstalling.
You can then safely remove the Vista installation on the old drive. All your person files should be accessible. You may need to take ownership of those files.
Remember, the SSD can still fail. Backups/imaging is the only sure protection against data loss. IMO, optical disks are the best media for backup/imaging.