I have a Lenovo Ideapad with Windows XP installed. I do not want to mess with the boot loader or the hard disk partitioning.
I can run Ubuntu Netbook Edition off a SD card without touching the hard disk at all. I can even enable the persistence mode (that would save the data on the SD card, right?).
Since the SD card is rather slow compared to the internal hard disk (I think), I would like to use the hard disk for persistence and ideally also for the read-only root file system (the part that now comes from SD). However, this needs to work with an NTFS (or maybe FAT-32) volume, with unrelated files on it as well. I am thinking this could be done, because the SD is now also formatted with FAT-32.
Ideally, the SD card would only be needed to boot from (and then find its stuff on the hard disk, in regular Windows files).
Can this be done?