I decided to rearrange the harddrive before I had too much on it.
hda new partition setup:
Thanks for your comment about still not using an image of hda1. Didn't realize that there would still be an issue.
hda1 Boot Primary NTFS [^A] 15726.74
hda2 Primary NTFS 22002.63
hda5 Logical Linux swap 1200.90
hda6 Logical Linux ReiserFS 8496.72
hda7 Logical Linux ReiserFS 8496.72
Pri/Log Free Space 62602.61
Will report back in after I get VectorLinux setup, install Grub via VL or another disto, and give the hda3 XP install a second go.