I really, appreciate your help. I was able to create the backups using phpAdmin and restore the necessary database backups using shell and dreamhosts wonderful support (I stress dreamhosts wonderful support:)
One inquiry that you did say though that I am very interested in. You said that phpMyAdmin allows you to input custom SQL code. Is this where I could run a SQL query from? Is this where I would execute a SQL command on the database from? Thanks!