Putting a solid state drive in my MBP

I have a MPB which is about two years old. After my bro made me super jealous by getting a 17 " solid state drive brand-nu MBP (with a matte screen! - he's a photographer) I'm wanting to upgrade, too. His is real bad-***. But I just don't have the dough for a brand-new set up
Is it possible to add one of those solid state drive bad boys to a two year old machine?
beside the cost of the drive, will Apple just put it in for me, and how much does that cost?

Yes, you can put one in your computer. No, Apple will not do it for you. You can do it yourself. Visit OWC both for drives and tutorials.

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