Thanks a lot for suggesting GParted! I always prefer freeware as I find them less bloated and leave less of a footprint on my system with registry changes and things like that (which is why I was somewhat wary of using Partition Magic [not to mention the price tag])
Anyway, it took me a little bit to figure out exactly how to use GParted but once I realized I needed to download the iso and create a boot CD, it was smooth sailing.
The GParted forums are great and I found a great suggestion for a freeware ISO burner (ISO Recorder), which is an absolutely awesome piece of freeware.
The only hiccup I ran into the entire time was that the boot CD didn't seem to like the DVI connection I had with my monitor so I had to switch to a VGA cable.
I know this is a bit of a rambling post but I'm just very impressed with how simple GParted was to use (though I do think figuring out how to burn an ISO might be difficult for an extremely novice user) and how effective it was. I'd definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to repartition their drives