How to work on the same catalogue with 2 different HDD's

Hi,
This must have been asked many times but I have no idea how to search for it because I don't think I can articulate my question well enough but I'll try it here.
The case is that I have my laptop with LR4, I'm using an external HDD to store the RAW data from my camera. This HDD is fed by an external power line so it's not as portable (WD My Book3.5")
So the setup is that LR4 is linked to the external HDD. Whenever I download photos from my CF card, I tell LR4 to copy the images to the external HDD because I don't want my laptop to be filled with RAW. I only export the JPG's to my laptop.
Now here is the tricky part. When I travel, I take my laptop and my lighter external HDD (WD My passport 2.5") because it's portable and needs only USB power.
While traveling I import my photos using LR4 to the secondary HDD (my passport) and I edit them. When I get back home, I would like to "merge" my edited images from the portable HDD (my passport) to the primary HDD (my book).
So essentially I would like to streamline my work as if I'm managing one catalogue on two separate HDD.
I hope I was clear about my question
Is it possible?
Thanks,
Gil.

How does the last paragraph differ from the second?
The second paragraph describes how you would work while travelling, if you wanted to keep separate catalogs. The last paragraph describes what steps you would do when you returned.
If I'm connecting both HDD's and while in LR4 I drag the folder from My Passport to My Book, I not only change the physical location of the RAW data, I also make LR4 keep my entire edit info and metadata changes so I can revert whenever I want, much as if I have always used the same HDD all along.
Correct. The information that LR holds about a given image (including keywords, editing, etc) - is a completely separate consideration, than where the file is physically located. Changing LR's addressing of the image does not affect the image metadata, current edits, or the editing History.
Whilst using the "import from catalog" I get the same result, isn't it? Or if I choose this option, LR4 essentially create a new catalog?
Import from Catalog is used when you have already made a separate Catalog, and now want to merge (copy) its contents into the main one (and then delete the separate one).. It depends how you want to work.
I think the 2nd paragraph provides the best solution to this scenario.
It does have the adavantage that you can still see ALL of your pictures (at least, in Library). And while you are travelling, you can organise your new pictures into the same kinds of collections, keywords etc... those aspects can be immediately integrated (apart from the physical file locations, which in this scenario have to happen on your return).
I would tend to take a copy of my main Catalog with me just for reference, but put the new images into a new separate one - a question of personal preference only. The end result is, as you say, the same.

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