My old laptop is being used by my son, I need replaced the HD ( full ) , can I use a SSD ( like a Samsung 860 1TB SSD an clone it ?
It has 8gb ram (can't add I don't think) & i7 -2630qm 2ghz
It runs fine but more space is needed and faster boot up would help
If you are just talking a 2.5" SATA SSD sure. Though you could also get a drive caddy and replace the optical drive with another 2.5" drive and get more space that way. Maybe a smaller SSD and get a 2TB 2.5" regular hard drive?
It also has an internal port for a PCIe card, but that would supplant the WiFi if you did that, so probably not worth it. It would also be mSATA class not NVMe so not a whole lot of point in doing it over an SATA SSD.