Originally Posted by Mattmatt
How hard would it be to replace on my own? What re-installation will I have to do? Just in case you can't tell, I have never replaced/opened a laptop in my life. And also, the only problem I have is getting an SSD with too little space, and then having no memory. I do install a lot of games and such so it may be a problem. Just looking at the negatives! I do really want to upgrade to an SSD
As long as you get an ssd that is as large or larger than your existing hdd then you can clone the hdd to the ssd using software like Clonezilla. If you are going to a smaller ssd, it is more challenging, especially if your current hdd has more stuff on it than will fit on the ssd. Clonezilla allows you to boot from a CD\DVD you create so that you can clone the hdd to the ssd before actually removing the old and installing the new.
As far as actually swapping out the drive, that should be very straightforward. Your laptop should have a small cover on the bottom with 1 or 2 screws to remove to gain access to the drive.
After the swap, you'll see a dramatic improvement in boot time plus your programs will load faster.
The only real drawback to an ssd is the cost compared to an hdd so often you end up with less available disk space. You may need to manage what is installed on your computer a little closer to account for the smaller drive. It may mean doing things like uninstalling an old game prior to installing a new one.