Wipe Any PC in 2 Minutes! - Redkey USB

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Comments • 5 766

  • Aki Fx
    Aki Fx 23 hours ago

    Dunno if you ever see this comment but make a video about why you can recover deleted files and where they actually end up. Probably a video for techquickie i could probably google this but if i did that always techquickie channel would be pretty pointless right?

    II SOULESS II Day ago

    I'm gonna buy it just for fun

  • nukedkaltak
    nukedkaltak 2 days ago

    1. Full disk encryption
    2. Problem gone

  • RagingWhiteman
    RagingWhiteman 2 days ago

    @linus Tech Tips. I went to the website for the Red key. Would be nice to wipe my ssd and hdd to have peace of mind. The site says ."Crowdfunding is not shopping. Your donation is a way to support a project but does not guarantee that you will receive a perk." www.indiegogo.com/projects/redkey-usb-computer-data-wipe-tool--2/payments/new#/checkout . I was going to buy this but seeing that. I do not feel like wasting money. Do you recommend anything else other than RedKey?

  • Karl Palomo
    Karl Palomo 3 days ago +1

    I don't get why a lot of people require RGB lighting... Why?
    Edit : except being cool and rich

  • LamboKang
    LamboKang 3 days ago

    I havent had a desktop pc in a long time but i still have the harddrive with me somewhere in my house. The rest of the pc is gone. I only even own a single desktop pc. Since then i have been using laptop since i need it for school as well. And even now all my laptops i ever used is still in my house. So i guess in terms of my data getting mined by other ppl it will probably not happen in awhile.

  • Lucas :3
    Lucas :3 4 days ago

    *_This video is brought to you by.._*

  • Justin Corley
    Justin Corley 4 days ago

    that sound you hear is child pornographers around the world whipping out their credit cards and breathing a collective sigh of relief.

  • PPgiga
    PPgiga 5 days ago

    If you just format the disk?

  • Zeek M
    Zeek M 6 days ago

    Depends on if it's able to override the auto run block feature.

  • Smikkelbeer Biedo
    Smikkelbeer Biedo 6 days ago

    Why don't give the computer a hard reset

  • Retr0
    Retr0 6 days ago

    Linus has nudes on his PC

    GTwSCEP 7 days ago


  • Matěj Maxa
    Matěj Maxa 7 days ago

    Now next experiment is "How long will it take to wipe out a petabyte storage media"

  • Lily Little Gaming
    Lily Little Gaming 7 days ago

    Linus i think you are the man version of elen 😅

  • MrD3rpGaming
    MrD3rpGaming 8 days ago


  • Turret op
    Turret op 8 days ago

    Does formatting using diskpart does approximatively the same thing?

  • Mohammad Zaid
    Mohammad Zaid 8 days ago

    On linux-
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/partition bs=4M
    And you are done

    • 2L3R4
      2L3R4 7 days ago

      why not
      dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/partition

  • edstar83
    edstar83 9 days ago

    5:43 Linus defusing a bomb.

  • Gg Nbnj
    Gg Nbnj 10 days ago

    Are those pictues of Linus submitnig a from the outrageous form (taking a selfifie the a paper saying you dont want your account any longer) to Myspace to get his profile deleted?

  • Andy Park
    Andy Park 10 days ago +4

    The thumbnail is linus looking at a pregnancy test

  • Liberty Bell1776
    Liberty Bell1776 11 days ago

    Hillary Clinton's personal favorite usb gadget!

  • Jan Kopciuch
    Jan Kopciuch 11 days ago

    "random method suddenly creates amazing software or a million bitcoins"

  • Saul Barrera G
    Saul Barrera G 11 days ago

    0:11 ACTUALLITY!!!!

  • Jordin Hand
    Jordin Hand 12 days ago

    All it should ever take is one pass of writing all 1s or zeros. Physical damage does not destroy your data, it can still be recovered(at least maybe some.). If you separate the magnetic layer from the aluminum platter, the data is gone. It called delamination, the only physical method of ensuring the data is gone forever on a HDD.

  • Cecil Mercer
    Cecil Mercer 13 days ago

    No one in the comment is going to mention about his nudes folder? Really? Okay, let's pretend he doesn't have one.

  • exgenica
    exgenica 14 days ago

    It depends on the storage medium technology. There are several good (and no malware) FREEware and shareware programs, depending on the provider (like majorgeeks) that erase/modify data to US government standards for secure data deletion. With some newer drives the data storage cells are reduced so much and are so sensitive to interference that even a single "long" format can be effective in producing a non-recoverable wipe of the disk. However, some of the freeware programs can do things like over-write data clusters randomly with random data dozens of times (when a few times will actually be sufficient). These so change the flux of the cells that there is no recovery of the original data.
    For SSDs however, you have to watch out for the section of the disk that is used for "over-provisioning". There are areas of the SSD the customer does not have access to without very specialized software and/or firmware modifying tools. The "over-provision" areas are used as cache by the SSDs so could theoretically keep some recoverable data because the firmware controls all the cache usage. With extensive read/writes, an end-user MIGHT be able to over-write all of the cache but there would be no way to verify it to be sure because the SSD firmware is designed to avoid exercising cells to prolong the life of the drive.

  • kai vasey
    kai vasey 14 days ago

    Just use a power drill

  • Simon
    Simon 14 days ago

    Use DBAN!

  • neall620
    neall620 15 days ago

    silicon valley taught me to just use a drill

  • Konrad Parzymieso
    Konrad Parzymieso 15 days ago +2

    this stuff is free just get burn live linux cd there are tons of opensource to do it...

  • Notmi Relnam
    Notmi Relnam 16 days ago

    May have done this to family computer when learning to code. Loops with file i/o is dangerous.

  • Dave Otuwa
    Dave Otuwa 16 days ago

    11:33 What the fuck?!

  • Sammy West
    Sammy West 17 days ago +1

    dude, you can delete a pc by using any live cd that has gparted. Its not that big of a deal. Just have to format and reinstall! lmao

    • exgenica
      exgenica 14 days ago

      SSDs are problematic in this regard. Due to manufacturer-controlled "over-provisioning" there are storage cells that qparted (or any end-user-level software) simply cannot guarantee over-writing/formatting/etc. With the right tools, forensic recovery of SOME of the user's data is possible from the over-provision/cache cells. This can be a decent percentage of the size of the SSD.
      A very, very good explanation of SSD "over-provision" is at:
      The manufacturer usually sets up "over-provision" capacity as the difference between the GB spec and the GiB. However the manufacturer can choose to provide more, and even the user can leave an user-defined portion of the drive to be AUTOMATICALLY setup as the over-provision capacity...just reduce the size of partitions accordingly. Want about 10% more over-provision capacity? Just shrink the size of your partition by 10% (assuming a single partition on the drive).

  • Mark 2
    Mark 2 17 days ago

    this is an add for a product an no way has any relation to the topic

  • Evan Playz
    Evan Playz 17 days ago +5

    What if the pc was connected to all of their media servers

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan 20 days ago

    Wipe your PC with an ESD gun, in STYLE.

  • Mohammead Hasib
    Mohammead Hasib 20 days ago

    Why haven't you try to change the extension of recovered file.

  • David Kennedy
    David Kennedy 20 days ago

    search for DMAN (Darik`s Boot And Nuke), burn to cd/usb, let it boot, erases all data (quite good)

  • Obi Dark
    Obi Dark 20 days ago

    It may take few hours...
    This won't take long !

  • Darth Vader
    Darth Vader 22 days ago

    MacOS has disk utility built in.....has all the features of this product.

  • Mr. X
    Mr. X 23 days ago +2

    wiping the hdd is easy, for me it takes about 10 minutes and a Torx screwdriver

    • Mr. X
      Mr. X Day ago

      MelonPlayzYT it only takes me one second and a sledgehammer

    • MelonPlayzYT
      MelonPlayzYT Day ago

      It only takes me 10 seconds and a tall building

  • Pilot Supreme
    Pilot Supreme 23 days ago

    In Linux it is easier

  • Dr.FragensteinM.D.
    Dr.FragensteinM.D. 26 days ago +3

    I used DBAN to wipe a 1tb drive and tried to use the DoD option on a 3x wipe, it said it would take a month lol

  • Laudo Witbooi
    Laudo Witbooi 27 days ago

    You should prank someone

  • Error 1105
    Error 1105 28 days ago +1


  • Andrew Siegel
    Andrew Siegel 29 days ago +5

    You could just use the USB killer to get the job done faster.

    • The Benchmarker's Table
      The Benchmarker's Table 27 days ago

      Andrew Siegel In mordern mobo only USB port will die since they are soldered seperately

    • The Benchmarker's Table
      The Benchmarker's Table 27 days ago +2

      Andrew Siegel HDD still lives mostly mobo /Usb Port will die but can be fixed

  • Antabuzz
    Antabuzz Month ago

    staff sux

  • jaysam bendita
    jaysam bendita Month ago

    can erase including virus

  • 7Write4This9Heart7
    7Write4This9Heart7 Month ago +2

    Also, those RAM sticks are SUPER pretty! lol. Unnecessary, but DAMN pretty!

  • 7Write4This9Heart7
    7Write4This9Heart7 Month ago

    Huh! Interesting!

  • ZayyZoneTV
    ZayyZoneTV Month ago +4

    Why wipe your PC with a USB when you can simply take isopropyl alcohol and a cloth and just wipe your PC down..... :) No need to do all of this work that ends up being a 25 min+ job. lol

  • Vasili Dallas
    Vasili Dallas Month ago +3

    uS aRMy sTandArDs wiPE

    *FBI would like to know your location*

  • Zavier
    Zavier Month ago

    Just use dban smh

  • Seth Adkins
    Seth Adkins Month ago

    Just use RAID as a backup.

  • Faisal Al-Yahya
    Faisal Al-Yahya Month ago

    The title is misleading for the "potential purposes"

  • Ludwig Von aids
    Ludwig Von aids Month ago +2

    *Hillary_Clinton* has joined the server.

  • rkmugen
    rkmugen Month ago

    I wiped my last PC in an industrial grade shredder. :) Yeah, no, it was a beige 90s Mac with a fried mobo and psu...... proprietary POS.

  • Amir H
    Amir H Month ago

    Wtf is this vid lol

  • inverseion
    inverseion Month ago +1

    In Linux make a new file, I'll call it /bin/WipeDrive
    Paste this:
    for n in `seq 3`; do echo "Wipe number $n Pass Started $(date)"; dd if=/dev/urandom of=$1 conv=notrunc bs=4096; echo "Wipe number $n Pass Finished $(date)"; done
    chmod +x /bin/WipeDrive
    chown root:root /bin/WipeDrive
    Find the drive you want to wipe:
    I'll say I want to wipe /dev/sdx
    cd /tmp
    sudo nohup WipeDrive /etc/sdx &
    Check your status by:
    sudo cat /tmp/nohup.out
    A typical spindle drive for me is about 2.5-4 hours per pass, depending on write speed and size.

  • Malaz AR
    Malaz AR Month ago

    must be called Hillarykey USB

  • vidyaWolf
    vidyaWolf Month ago +2

    they're charging 45 bucks
    for a 5 bucks usb drive
    that's how mafia works!

  • nexus
    nexus Month ago

    I would like to see this erase the 180 tb cabinet thing

  • MrArctic
    MrArctic Month ago

    imagine they upload all the information that you erase to a database.

  • shadowXXe
    shadowXXe Month ago

    Ah i see the mineral oil pc is back in full working order good to see brings back alot of memories of when you guys first built that

  • Pedro Bona
    Pedro Bona Month ago

    *laughs in dd*


    Oh boy im going to wipe the shool computer

  • The_Brutal_King
    The_Brutal_King Month ago

    Uhhhh, DBAN?

  • Dylan Burchfield
    Dylan Burchfield Month ago

    Hey Linus can you look at eraser tool?

  • esrever 576
    esrever 576 Month ago +1

    That RAM would look great in the luke's new pc build video

  • keeping to myself
    keeping to myself Month ago +2

    use a linux distro installer lol

  • Magnus Nilsen
    Magnus Nilsen Month ago

    I wiped my Mac in 1 secound.

  • Dean Maynard
    Dean Maynard Month ago

    crap product. you should be embarrassed for promoting this.

  • Bishnu chowdhury
    Bishnu chowdhury Month ago

    Fully clickbait title. And you forgot that at the beginning you said you will show the free dban way.. Although people know it. You guys should have some respect on your word.

  • WildRandomVideos1201
    WildRandomVideos1201 Month ago +5

    you need to buy a new one every time because it wipes itself?

  • mcgames
    mcgames Month ago

    Dont read the name of the map in the begining

  • Lucas :3
    Lucas :3 Month ago

    So, we can RECOVER SSD health using that?
    Please answer me.

  • Info Educardo
    Info Educardo Month ago

    dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda

  • Trần Tuấn Minh
    Trần Tuấn Minh Month ago +1

    How to wipe your drive in 30 seconds :
    Step 1: Disconnect it and take it out
    Step 2 : D R O P I T

  • James Carter
    James Carter Month ago

    What hard drive docking station was he using?

  • William Cattr
    William Cattr Month ago

    Good thing the Feds aren't knocking at your door with a search warrant in hand...

  • eualadindeal
    eualadindeal Month ago

    Or you can use the Hillary method! Bleach them right before you bash them with a hammer! That will solve your problems!

  • SodomySnake
    SodomySnake Month ago

    Off topic, but as I was watching this, the video suddenly stopped playing, and when I checked Task Manager, Firefox was using like 18 GB of memory and loading my CPU up to 60% or so. So, if you're looking for a good stress test for your computer, try Firefox. (I killed Firefox straight away, of course. I don't know what the hell it thought it was doing, but it didn't need to be doing it, whatever it was.)

  • WLG
    WLG Month ago

    I’m gonna screw up my principals pc.

  • John Hooyer
    John Hooyer Month ago

    I see a lot of cloth wipe jokes, but not enough Hillary Clinton jokes.

  • Mr M
    Mr M Month ago

    Why not just format the drive then fill it up with large .bin files?

  • Russian RED Medic
    Russian RED Medic Month ago

    Have you guys ever heard of hirens boot usb?

  • Papa John
    Papa John Month ago

    9:22 anyone else notice that they have halo custom edition?

  • Matt james
    Matt james Month ago +1

    So windows inbuilt one was effective? That’s good to know

    • King Me Krillin Me
      King Me Krillin Me Month ago

      This comment needs more likes. (yes im aware of the gap in time but it really is so nifty to know lolol ((idk where my ")" was going so here))

  • Calum HGaming
    Calum HGaming Month ago

    *nudes* lol

  • moohooman
    moohooman Month ago

    Well this is just a modern Saw trap waiting to happen. If you do not do this task by *insert time* you will lose every but of memory on your computer

  • Tobias Hammerer
    Tobias Hammerer Month ago


  • Cyanide Game
    Cyanide Game Month ago

    Instructions unclear, deleted computer from existence

  • Cyanide Game
    Cyanide Game Month ago +2

    Interesting alternative: just shoot the drive with a 50cal

  • Cyanide Game
    Cyanide Game Month ago

    Instructions unclear, sent hard drive to the sun

  • Blurp Bibablobop
    Blurp Bibablobop Month ago

    That is all bull crap. Use eraser or ccleaner.

  • Kevin Skipp
    Kevin Skipp Month ago

    Multiple passes are irrelevant. The original reason for them was due to different encoding methods on old drives to ensure you wrote data to it. With a modern windows computer and sata drive it's unnecessary. Format and then reinstall windows and zero fill the free space using the tool within ccleaner. Or just zero fill the formatted drive if it's a secondary drive.
    The garbage files you recovered were nothing to do with the number of passes. If you'd zero filled the drive then assuming it does what it says then you should have got nothing as all the software would see is the zeros on the drive...no magic can turn them into data. Rumours abound regarding hardware methods but the software relies on what your own hardware says and if it's zero filled then that's that.

  • Kent Hinson
    Kent Hinson Month ago

    TRIM and grabage collection make it so the data doesn't stay around until overwritten.

  • First Name
    First Name Month ago

    Hahahaha take that fbi