/dev/hdc1 * 1 65 522081 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hdc2 66 2295 17912475 83 Linux
hdc1 is your swap space and is labeled as such
Think of it as ram.
Unless you already have a ton of ram, it's needed.
hdc2 is where your operating system is installed and again is labeled as such.
Not exactly wasted space.
At first I thought I was bilked, now I realize it's a software problem.
It's not a software problem and you weren't bilked.
Linux installations normally only use about 20 gigs of space unless someone elects to install pretty much every known Linux program in existence.
Linux installs normally have 2,3 or more partitions as well depending on a users needs.
The norm is a swap space, / for the root partition and /home for the users space.
In your case you have a swap space and another that holds / and /home on one partition but is acceptable.
hdc1 may be flagged as boot as that may be where the boot sector is located as it's normally at the beginning of the hd.