What do you mean by: "How do I go about installing my copy of Vista so I can upgrade it to Win 7 without messing up my new ssd drive?"?
Can I format this drive like a regular hard drive? I don't want to do something that makes it unuseable.
Ah, I get you, yes you can.
But i would advise against upgrading vista,if you do an ickle bit of reasearch and googling, you will find a way of installing the upgrade of win 7 and it being activated. THat would be the best way, never trust OS upgrades