well partitions are now my bitch
what i did (please stomp on my bloated ego harshly if I did things badly)
went into cfdisk and deleted my /dev/hdc5 swap partition
created 2 new primary partitions at /dev/hdc3 and /dev/hdc4
created a new smaller /dev/hdc5 partition as a swap partition.
initially i couldn't set the 2 new primary partitions as ext2 using cfdisk/fdisk
so then i used mkfs on the 2 new partitions, and mounted them to new folders in /
now my swap is on the same device, but smaller. and i have 2 new partitions to wreak havoc upon.
also I switched my /hdc6 and /hdc7 mounts so that /usr was mounting on /hdc7 (moved the files) so I wouldn't have issues on booting without a /usr tree.
I am still having problems mounting /hdc6 on boot though..... should I just do a mkfs on it and then replace the files?
sorry for replying to my own post.... thought it would be more difficult and illogical