It's awful, I couldn't even imagine that partitionig might be so problematic.
I use partition expert
and don't have any trouble. Just easily resize, create, delete, restore partitions-very fast and safely.
Because all your data'll be saved.
Actually I've never resolve such problem, as this software has very good-looking intuitive windows wizard, that makes utilization easier.
Any way I recomend you to use clear and tried solutions, make experiments on your PC can damage your system.