Well, this hard drive sees a fair amount of partitioning, couple of times a year mostly it is just used for data recovery since I had it laying around and my last hard drive used for this purpose failed.
I just don't understand why it refused to let me mount the partitions! I ended up trying Gparted it listed both partitions as unformatted so I had GParted format them and it is working now. I have very rarely had any partitioning problems in linux so this took me by surprise.
I just reread your post. The reason I didn't make them primary is it seems unnecessary to me all I needed was 2 logical partitions so thats what I made them. Do you mean to suggest that there is a problem with this geometry? If so what is it? I am always willing to listen/learn.