I asked this in IRC but I can't keep tabs on an IRC chat on my phone while driving for my job! I'm trying to use ddrescue to clone my failing hard drive (/dev/sda) to a new one I just bought (/dev/sdb). This is the ddrescue command I tried to use: Code (Text): ddrescue -r3 -n -f -v /dev/sda /dev/sdb recovery.log And it spat out: Code (Text): ddrescue: Can't open input file: Permission denied I dicked around some more and tried to mount my new hdd with: Code (Text): sudo mount -o /dev/sdb /media/3TB and got: Code (Text): mount: /dev/sdb is write-protected, mounting read-only mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb, missing codepage or helper program, or other error I'm not sure why this new hard drive is write-protected. There aren't any jumpers on it or anything. I'm pretty sure I just screwed up somewhere though.