Frank – When I replaced the HD on my 2008 MBP, I bought a 'kit' from Other World Computing. I first installed the OS on the new drive, then moved all the data. The new drive was in an inclosure that came with the kit. After the new drive was ready to go, I just switched the drives. I was up and running the minute I restarted my MBP. Easy, and I'm not a 'true geek.' Here's a link for OWC video that shows how to replace the platter drive with an SSD, but the process is no different than it would be for installing a new platter drive. The filming could have been better done, however. I watched the video I used on my iPad while I did the work on my Mac.
By the way, the process is much easier on a 2008 MBP!
Edited by Julie Falling, 14 May 2014 - 07:10 AM.
MacBook Air Yosemite
mid-2013 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 (2 cores)
8 GB RAM; 512 G SSD
Mac mini Yosemite Acc 11
late-2012 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 (4 cores)
16 GB RAM; 1.12 TB Fusion Drive
iPad Air 1 iOS 8.1