reading another thread here i came across GParted.
it was easy to create the boot cd and get it working, easy to use interface. i did a small test and rebooted, it worked.
so i decided to go ahead a resize and move the partitions. i made the mistake and took 55 operations to get to the end result i wanted. silly me clicked apply and it took some where around 20 hours to complete. :doh:
but my partitions are sized the way i want them. :bigsmile:
so i guess im just letting anyone know not to do 55 operations in GParted unless you dont want to use the computer for a day. :rolleyes: