I will follow your proceedure, but just as your post came up, I was going to ask a question:
In VASM I found I could format sda2, but it asked which to use: Reiserfs, ext3,ext2 or xfs.
I would like the answer to this for future reference.
when mounting partitions with vasm, it finds a unformatted partition, it asks if you want to format it, and offers different filesystems that you can use.
Reiserfs, ext3,ext2 or xfs are linux filesytems that vasm knows how to format with.
Reiserfs is the best
( of course this is just my Opinion)