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Acer Aspire E 11 notebook - replacing hard drive.

EichallEichall Posts: 22Member Troubleshooter
I've an old (2013) Acer Aspire notebook that I've slowly upgraded with extra memory and has always given me good service when I travel, but the hard drive has died.
Having recently used a friend's notebook that is fitted with an SSD, I'm impressed by its speed and reliability, so I'm thinking that seeing as the hard drive is very accessible in my Aspire, to replace it with a Solid-State Drive.   
I imagine that a new disk would come empty and I don't have a back-up disk for it. So is it possible to buy a pre-loaded SSD for the machine? 
If not, Iimagine that I would have to acquire a Windows operating system for it. And would it boot from an external CD-drive coupled to an empty hard drive?
And if it would, would it contain all of the set-up information for the notebook, or would I have to obtain all of this from Acer first? 
Any tips/help/advice gratefully received. 
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