Wipe Any PC in 2 Minutes! - Redkey USB

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  • Kevin Skipp
    Kevin Skipp Hour 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 3 hours ago

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

  • First Name
    First Name Day ago

    Hahahaha take that fbi

  • J Wallace
    J Wallace 2 days ago

    I bet half of the products backers are Pedo-bears looking for a quick way to erase their data before the cops show up. lol

  • DOG CN
    DOG CN 2 days ago

    so how about deleting your partition and making a new 1 and format it? doesnt that destroy any chance of recovery also?

  • stinking polecat
    stinking polecat 3 days ago

    so it was an ad for the redkey usb

  • ArsenalAbove
    ArsenalAbove 4 days ago

    Boot n nuke it's free

  • Ghosthand
    Ghosthand 6 days ago

    I can remember when you could write zeros to your hard drive right from DOS.

  • Roguishly Handsome
    Roguishly Handsome 7 days ago

    This does the exact same thing as dban but it lets you do it on a SSD. Are you absolutely certain that you need to overwrite a SSD to reset it? I am pretty sure this is a waste of time and can end up reducing the lifespan of your disk.
    You referred to the specific tools for specific manufacturers and you were looking for a free alternative. Well, any Linux live distro will let you use hdparm to reset a SSD in minutes. There is no way that a reset drive will present you with any intelligible data. Even running trim on an emptied drive should render the data inaccessible at least by software means.

  • Matt R.
    Matt R. 7 days ago


  • Charlex Alexandre
    Charlex Alexandre 7 days ago

    *S E N D N U D E S*

  • Pimphand Gamester
    Pimphand Gamester 9 days ago

    For any PC I would sell. I simply buy a cheap HD for it and take my old one and drill holes in it then toss in salt water.

    • Youri
      Youri 6 days ago

      or you could keep it

  • Seldom Pooper
    Seldom Pooper 9 days ago


  • Tim Boer
    Tim Boer 11 days ago

    If I would use the red stick USB, would my windows also get wiped?

  • PinkGirl2242
    PinkGirl2242 12 days ago

    Thank you LTT I've backed them on Indiegogo. I'm going to give it to my family so they can wipe my drives if anything happens to me.

  • Skvala Gaming
    Skvala Gaming 14 days ago

    Those selfies at 1:10. Linus looks like a hostage holding a todays newspaper

  • Kira Yamato
    Kira Yamato 17 days ago

    Boot Nuke is a free that will wipe everything out i mean everything

  • Артём Х. Местный

    haven't they ever heard of
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

  • Mduduzi Dube
    Mduduzi Dube 23 days ago

    hi i'm just curious I never questioned this I just thought it was the nature of an hdd but is it normal for a hdd to hover around 100% usage ? it seems all over the place 100% then 1% then 80 something ? what is normal for an HDD and when should I consider a replacement ?

  • A Travelling Bleach
    A Travelling Bleach 27 days ago +3

    Woah, this'll be a great prank on my friend!!
    *EDIT:* He lost some important documents and stopped talking to me, and kicked me out of his house, wow it was just a prank smh

  • Nmotsch idontwannagivemyrealname

    BleachBit is free and open source...

  • Steve RazeNax
    Steve RazeNax Month ago

    Jamie Hyneman memes never get old 8:51

  • Ekl Haft
    Ekl Haft Month ago

    only a stick of dynamite could do it faster :D

  • Chris
    Chris Month ago

    cipher /w: works pretty good for freespace wipes.

  • viktorv22
    viktorv22 Month ago +1

    Well, if a person can access the bios/boot section, that same person is surely capable of downloading any of many free software to delete and scramble files.

  • SoulGaming
    SoulGaming Month ago +1

    Thanks. Now i have a better april fools joke next year.... Hehehe school Library is gonna cry

  • Lucas M.
    Lucas M. Month ago

    What was the scan and recovery tool name?

  • George Ashford III
    George Ashford III Month ago

    Anyone use Eraser?

  • Mr. Kamran
    Mr. Kamran Month ago

    wipe in 2 min but this video is about 12 min???

  • Xenotale 787
    Xenotale 787 Month ago

    1:11 whoa there linus 😂

  • diana cardenas
    diana cardenas Month ago

    Any other way to get this result on a Mac?

  • Daniel Schenk
    Daniel Schenk Month ago

    you should go to drive savers and see what they can do, would be interesting!

  • Lizard King
    Lizard King Month ago

    oh my god i need crystal rgb it's so much better than regular rgb which is shit now

  • Tom
    Tom Month ago

    If you don't expect anyone to try and read the reallocated sectors, this might be secure enough. But overwriting an SSD or even a normal HDD with random data doesn't destroy ALL data on the disk. The only way to destroy all data is by using the secure erase function from the drive itself.
    Boot live linux and follow this tutorial: ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase or indeed just use the vendor tool.

  • RoiGamez
    RoiGamez Month ago +1

    OR you can boot any linux distro and run `dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda` and you're done

  • Lucas Khouri
    Lucas Khouri Month ago

    BUT HOW!?!

  • Mr. Chungis
    Mr. Chungis Month ago

    I prefer to use the usb killer to wipe my whole pc

  • Andrew Simpson
    Andrew Simpson Month ago

    I had to erase a ton of HDDs back in the day with a handheld electromagnet the size of smaller clothes iron and "Wax On, Wax Off" those damn things many times over (for approx 2 weeks!!) ... before being thrown into the dumpsters and taken straight to the dump (landfill no doubt too). It sucked btw

  • jnielsen20
    jnielsen20 Month ago

    dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/"disk id" change disk id as needed... Works on any linux with dd and urandom.

  • Luc Konosuke
    Luc Konosuke Month ago +1

    but what if he had click on that 'nudes' folder tho

  • Daniel Hounshell
    Daniel Hounshell Month ago

    Luckily windows 10 gave us a pretty decent tool to do this with, the "reset this PC" option. If you go about doing a complete reset using this tool, it does in fact write over the entire drive with 1's and 0's before reinstalling Windows. Although the tool shown here seems to be a little bit faster on the default setting, and the additional security options make it a very good tool for enterprise use. Plus many of the comparable utilities take much, much longer, I remember using one of them that said it would take five days.

  • Daniel Harris
    Daniel Harris Month ago

    I love your voice crack at 4:55!! Grow some before you want to talk sh to the MEN. lol

  • Alan D1
    Alan D1 Month ago

    A good erase/delete program could erase data off the drive when the delete option is selected and not just remove the file allocation table (FAT) entry. A proper deletion rewrites new data to the file location twice.

  • Tommy Two Tones
    Tommy Two Tones Month ago

    Just use acid

  • Sean Embry
    Sean Embry Month ago

    Most embarrassing moment ever: A good frind of mine quit, and left a lot of thumb drives behind. He thought they were defective, but it turns out his USB port was defective. He left a rich collection of weird porn. I covered for him though.

  • TheBestLettuce
    TheBestLettuce Month ago

    rm -rf /

  • Will
    Will Month ago +1

    I'm old school. I always take the full format reset approach.

  • Allen Kass
    Allen Kass Month ago

    Anyone ever tell you that you sound like Steve Carell? hahah

  • Damian Frost
    Damian Frost Month ago

    Use bleach

  • Aonodensetsu
    Aonodensetsu Month ago

    HDDGURU works better for me, you can even wipe USBs (though you won't wipe the the system drive with it - that's the downside)
    EDIT: and you can actually choose what you want to wipe

  • Nyx Mulder
    Nyx Mulder Month ago

    Can't you just 'format /p'?

  • DolanSaw
    DolanSaw Month ago

    did i just get put on a list

  • Sarah Bingham
    Sarah Bingham Month ago +1

    Is that a Titan RTX just sitting there

  • Strong
    Strong Month ago

    The key info (not that red key), the revelation, is that magnetic HDD data is not actually digital. Instead, there is a magnetized area with ones and zeros.
    So, with proper equipment, one can read overwritten data. (Multiple passes make it harder)

  • Øyvind Hytten
    Øyvind Hytten Month ago

    Seems to me Jake wrote off DBAN as it states it can't handle SSDs. How about you disregard that disclaimer and just give it a shot anyway?

    • Z
      Z Month ago

      It can handle SSDs. I've used it before

  • Houyhnhnm
    Houyhnhnm Month ago

    Also I have actually recovered hard drives owned by Masonic lodges, and boy do they keep a lot of weird shit.. been wanting to leak it to the web for a while. Just gotta.. you know... do it under certain circumstances xD and yes, there are some questionable nudes on there, some of which I'm afraid CANNOT be leaked >.> I think you get the idea..

  • Houyhnhnm
    Houyhnhnm Month ago

    STILL waiting for Linus to do a Mococoa commercial like on The Truman Show....

  • sLaMz1o1
    sLaMz1o1 Month ago

    Can't you just reformat a drive in like a minute

    • POTLOS
      POTLOS Month ago

      Doesn't always make files unrecoverable, especially with quick formating.

  • Dan Thompson
    Dan Thompson Month ago

    He never showed how to make one....

  • stephane sonneville

    $45 and you stil read the file names? What a scam. Just boot on any Linux distribution on a key and then cat /dev/zero > /dev/sdx ! Fast & free.

  • Property Enhanced
    Property Enhanced Month ago

    Oh! I know how to do this one! Fire!

  • Felix The Guy
    Felix The Guy Month ago

    Wipe any PC in 2 hours*

  • Bunny Buns
    Bunny Buns Month ago

    anyone else reading comments before you wipe your pc?

  • Tom OOO
    Tom OOO Month ago

    I wipe my old disks with a 6 inch nail and 20 pound hammer. Relieves stress too....

  • jorph1
    jorph1 Month ago

    Oh my thanks. I knew this was true still.

  • Snailman
    Snailman Month ago

    Hillary Clinton would like to speak to you

  • Paul D
    Paul D Month ago

    Can somebody please point me towards how to make a bootable gui like redkey has?

  • Moussa Bayou
    Moussa Bayou Month ago

    To wipe a file simply open HxD or any other hex editor, replace data and header with a single letter or symbol, save and then remove it.

  • Neeraj Kungwani
    Neeraj Kungwani Month ago

    Linus got nudes!!!

  • C.C. G.
    C.C. G. Month ago

    James has 0 chill 😂

  • kamilko2006
    kamilko2006 Month ago

    Challenge: wipe 1pb in 2 mins

  • Tassie Spirit
    Tassie Spirit Month ago +1

    Their site is running and they raised - £73,912 GBP total funds raised ......About $135,456 AUD
    453% funded on February 1, 2019

  • Ricardo Pesenti
    Ricardo Pesenti Month ago

    That Trident Z RAM is fancy af!

  • Spaceballzy
    Spaceballzy Month ago

    How to wipe a computer in 2 minutes. Takes 10 minutes to explain.

  • Spaceballzy
    Spaceballzy Month ago +1

    Question: How to wipe a computer
    Answer: Throw it into a volcano.

  • George PRIV
    George PRIV Month ago +1

    macOS disc utility can easily over write drives securely. One mode even has military standards.

  • rarakat
    rarakat Month ago

    You can get free with dban or partedlinux(nwipe) . Lol

  • Ein Antonius
    Ein Antonius Month ago

    if you really want to fuck your drive up and delete all data you could just boot a linux environment, open a terminal and type "dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/sdX" where X is the letter linux assigns to the drive.

  • Gari Makaya
    Gari Makaya Month ago

    Hirens boot cd - kill disk

  • Denis Pro
    Denis Pro Month ago +1

    Ever tried the free CCleaner tool to wipe drives?

  • Nathan The Neko
    Nathan The Neko Month ago +1

    Linus plays GTA 5. I saw that in his home screen.

  • Matthew Hensley
    Matthew Hensley Month ago +1

    lol seems that the red key is a paid version of Dban

  • Roger Barraud
    Roger Barraud Month ago +1

    Aaaaand the recommended FOSS and/or cmdline equivalents are....

    • Nert Berble
      Nert Berble Month ago

      DBAN - Darik's Boot and Nuke. It's always been a great go-to choice of FOSS software for securely wiping a PC... although these days the author seems keen to push users towards the "better" paid version by a different name - Blancco Drive Eraser. Don't know what that means for the future of DBAN.

  • Roger Barraud
    Roger Barraud Month ago

    So guys, what's the hypothesis / explanation as to why and which files were recoverable after a supposedly irrecoverable erasure?

  • Roger Barraud
    Roger Barraud Month ago

    Gutmann FTW!!!!!

  • Vishal Bothra
    Vishal Bothra Month ago

    Destroying a pc in 2 min video took 6 times more time @linustechtips

  • mercuriallimit
    mercuriallimit Month ago

    My drive says it needs to be initialized, what dies this mean? The drive doesn't seem to be broken. How do i get my files back?

  • Robert
    Robert Month ago

    The kickstarter page of Redkey says PC/MAC. I'm assuming it doesn't care what type of OS is installed; Linux/GNU right? It just recognizes the disk and RedKey kicks-in to intro mode for erasing.

  • Hippieinthewoods
    Hippieinthewoods Month ago


  • Toby Bardon
    Toby Bardon Month ago

    PIA VPN, what happened to Tunnel Bear you whore?

  • TheAsh
    TheAsh Month ago

    So basically, you've reinvented dd and paid $45 for it.

  • DasNasu
    DasNasu Month ago

    How about using the cipher command from windpws commandline?

  • CrzyFox
    CrzyFox Month ago

    I have always used the secure erase on the storage solutions firmware. You just need a way to access it. Parted magic Linux distro ultility has a couple of ways to do just that. Paid software but I'm sure the old school.free versions still are out there to be had.

  • Anthony Parker
    Anthony Parker Month ago

    Just to note: there are a whole bunch of free tools online that do exactly this with unused space on the system.
    So you can clear off all your files and data (don't miss the iTunes backups), run one of these tools overnight and same result.
    You don't even need to wipe your OS to do it! Maybe make a new user and delete the old user before you do, just to make sure you have everything.

  • Jacob Satireus
    Jacob Satireus Month ago

    Ever heard of gparted tho?

  • Jacob Satireus
    Jacob Satireus Month ago

    Linus likes Windows too much
    he's just an NSA cumdumpster

  • Ed Porter
    Ed Porter Month ago

    Easy + Free wipe:
    1. Steal a empty usb from your friend
    2. Put all data on usb
    3. Mallet

  • Kyle Sunderland
    Kyle Sunderland Month ago

    With government hard drives they wipe the disk then drill holes in it. No red keys for them!

  • Nikkolas Nowak
    Nikkolas Nowak 2 months ago

    who chose the font for that trident z memory..... gross

  • John kopy
    John kopy 2 months ago +1

    So easy even Hillary can do it.

    • John Smith
      John Smith Month ago +1

      I threw out a bunch of broken laptops recently and did the Hillary method by taking a hammer to the hard drives.