Never owned a Mac because I don't have a huge need for a computer, so I just couldn't justify the expense. Most of what I do can be done on my iPad. Decided to buy a refurb 2011 base model mini from Apple which arrives next week. From what I read, it comes with Lion and eligible for upgrade to ML. I know nothing about either so I am wondering how the upgrade works and do I want it? I only ask because, coming from a PC background, the next best thing isn't always the next best thing (still using XP and happy with it). Regarding upgrades, I intend to upgrade the RAM right away from 2GB to at least 8GB, if not 16. Although not right away, I would like to replace the stock hard drive with an SSD, possibly 128 but more likely 256. I have been reading other threads which seem to focus on adding it as a secondary drive using per-ordered kits. This is not what I want to do and am confused as too how much in those threads really apply to what I am trying to do. I only wish to replace the drive. I do not need a lot of hard drive space. I have had the same PC for the last 5 years and am still below 80GB. Can someone point me to any information as to what I need to do to accomplish this? Either an old thread here (searched and couldn't find one) or maybe a tutorial elsewhere? Being completely new to Mac, I am interested in learning about the hardware install, as well as installing the OS onto the new drive. Thanks everyone. Any information would be appreciated.