Aloha e Kakou! (Hello to us all!)
I am but a humble convert prostrating myself before you, the all-knowing collective. Here is my story and my humble request...
One day, in the depths of misery evident in every Vista, I decided to give Karmic a spin. Yet, I being mired in an insane and skewed Vista of computing life akin to looking through $hit caked Windows, was of little faith in Karmic salvation. I needed more proof of this path to Karmic freedom. I didn't want to abandon the relative safety of the Vista installation on my Thinkpad X200S (/dev/sda2) while learning more about Karmic salvation. So, I bought a 16Gb SD card with the idea of installing Karmic to the SD (so I could always pop the SD out and boot via the HD).
I installed Karmic to the USB (/dev/sdb1) and configured GRUB to allow me to choose the OS that I wanted at boot time. Well, the experience with Karmic has been ECSTATIC ENLIGHTENMENT, and now I want to but both feet in the boat and "close the Windows" for good. That's a big step for this old dinosaur! :-)
Something I've learned during the process is that now the SD MUST be in the laptop in order for it to boot. If I have the SD out, the BIOS boots and when it hands off to GRUB, GRUB cannot be found and the boot halts. This is understandable because the Karmic install is on the SD.
I've also found that when running Karmic, it likes to read from the SD a lot and that the SD is now a performance bottleneck compared to the solid state hard drive that Vista (/dev/sda2) sits on. I'm ready to take the leap of faith. Ideally, I'd like to take the Karmic installation (and other packages installed) and "copy" the whole thing onto the the solid state hard drive. I know that I will have to modify GRUB if it is even possible to just "copy" the install over to the solid state hard drive.
Alas, I've searched high and low in the forums and on the internet for any kind of wisdom that some bodhisattva may have on my quest.
And so I put my call for enlightenment out to you, the community of "Illuminati Cognoscenti", in hopes that you might feel merciful and grace this unworthy convert with any guidance or wisdom.
Me ka mahalo palena'ole (With my unbounded gratitude) for your consideration of my ha'aha'a (humble) request!
Aloha and Be Well!