A better method for backup is to install your OS onto the SSD, then use Windows 7 to create an image of the fresh install.
You can do this via Control Panel >> System & Security >> Backup and Restore >> Create System Image.
Save the image to your secondary hard drive, and then in the event of a virus/SSD failure/etc. you will be able to use the Windows installation DVD to boot, access the image from your storage drive, and re-load it onto the SSD.
And yes, SSDs simply run circles around mechanical HDDs, even WD's excellent 10,000RPM Velociraptors. The difference is night-and-day with a good SSD, particularly if you've used it for a while and then go back to a system running off of a mechanical... oh the pain...
Hope this helps!
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