Related to my post about my Arch installation, I'm wondering whether the following procedure would work:
- Disconnect sda
- Install Arch normally on sdb as if on a single-drive system
- Disconnect sdb, reconnect sda
- Install Win7 on sda as if on a single-drive system
- Reconnect sdb
- Tell BIOS to boot sdb
- In Arch, edit GRUB settings for dual-boot
I guess this depends on whether step 7 will work, i.e., boot Arch even though there's another hard drive present that wasn't there during installation.
And a related issue: Does anyone know whether Windows 7 needs to be (a) installed first, whether or not there's another hard drive present, and (b) on the first hard drive, i.e., hd0 (if the Linux drive is going to have the bootloader on it, it might as well be first if possible)? I know that installing two systems on the same hard drive requires Windows to be installed first because otherwise it will overwrite the MBR, but what about separate drives?