Alan, others may disagree, but this is my experience with SSDs. I have never known the Windows 7 installer to not properly align and SSD to a raw drive. If you use an imaging program, you will need to create an aligned partition first. If you do that the imaging program will, most of the time but not always, leave the alignment at what you set it. If you do not align the partition first, it seems that the imaging program carries the alignment from the drive you created the image from over to the new drive. The only sure and fail safe way I know to do it is with Paragon Migrate. You have to do nothing except select the OS, if you have more than one, select the destination disk, you have to tell it to format it, and press copy. I have done it both to a mechanical hard drive and an SSD back and forth at least 50 times and it has never failed once. That and doing the clean install using diskpart are the only ways I know of to be certain the SSD will be aligned when finished.
That has been my experience with different programs and images from several programs. Other's mileage may differ.