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You can only have four primary partitions. You can make one of those be an "extended partition", which can contain a large number of "logical" partitions.

You had two primary partitions to start, and then wanted to add three more partitions. Since that's more than four, the only way that can work is for there to be an extended partition.

You can only have four primary partitions. You can make one of those be an "extended partition", which can contain a large number of "logical" partitions.

You had two primary partitions to start, and then wanted to add three more partitions. Since that's more than four, the only way that can work is for there to be an extended partition.

It's also worth nothing that there's really no downside to having these things on logical partitions.