Wipe Any PC in 2 Minutes! - Redkey USB

  • Published: 17 February 2019
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Comments • 5 757

  • Maskedmaskedphantom@gmail.com MaskedPhantom

    kill disk

    • nukedkaltak
      nukedkaltak  8 hours back

      1. Full disk encryption
      2. Problem gone

      • RagingWhiteman
        RagingWhiteman  20 hours back

        @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." https://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  2 days back

          I don't get why a lot of people require RGB lighting... Why?

          Edit : except being cool and rich

          • LamboKang
            LamboKang  2 days back

            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  2 days back

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

              • Justin Corley
                Justin Corley  3 days back

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

                • PPgiga
                  PPgiga  4 days back

                  If you just format the disk?

                  • Zeek M
                    Zeek M  5 days back

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

                    • Smikkelbeer Biedo
                      Smikkelbeer Biedo  5 days back

                      Why don't give the computer a hard reset

                      • Retr0
                        Retr0  5 days back

                        Linus has nudes on his PC

                        • GTwSCEP
                          GTwSCEP  5 days back


                          • Matěj Maxa
                            Matěj Maxa  6 days back

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

                            • Lily Little Gaming
                              Lily Little Gaming  6 days back

                              Linus i think you are the man version of elen 😅

                              • MrD3rpGaming
                                MrD3rpGaming  6 days back


                                • Turret op
                                  Turret op  7 days back

                                  Does formatting using diskpart does approximatively the same thing?

                                  • Mohammad Zaid
                                    Mohammad Zaid  7 days back

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

                                    • 2L3R4
                                      2L3R4  6 days back

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

                                  • edstar83
                                    edstar83  1 weeks back

                                    5:43 Linus defusing a bomb.

                                    • Gg Nbnj
                                      Gg Nbnj  1 weeks back

                                      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  1 weeks back

                                        The thumbnail is linus looking at a pregnancy test

                                        • Liberty Bell1776
                                          Liberty Bell1776  1 weeks back

                                          Hillary Clinton's personal favorite usb gadget!

                                          • Jan Kopciuch
                                            Jan Kopciuch  1 weeks back

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

                                            • Saul Barrera G
                                              Saul Barrera G  1 weeks back

                                              0:11 ACTUALLITY!!!!

                                              • Jordin Hand
                                                Jordin Hand  1 weeks back

                                                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  2 weeks back

                                                  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  2 weeks back

                                                    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  2 weeks back

                                                      Just use a power drill

                                                      • Simon
                                                        Simon  2 weeks back

                                                        Use DBAN!

                                                        • neall620
                                                          neall620  2 weeks back

                                                          silicon valley taught me to just use a drill

                                                          • Konrad Parzymieso
                                                            Konrad Parzymieso  2 weeks back

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

                                                            • Notmi Relnam
                                                              Notmi Relnam  2 weeks back

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

                                                              • Dave Otuwa
                                                                Dave Otuwa  2 weeks back

                                                                11:33 What the fuck?!

                                                                • Sammy West
                                                                  Sammy West  2 weeks back

                                                                  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  2 weeks back

                                                                    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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                  • Evan Playz
                                                                    Evan Playz  2 weeks back

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

                                                                    • Jonathan
                                                                      Jonathan  3 weeks back

                                                                      Wipe your PC with an ESD gun, in STYLE.

                                                                      • Mohammead Hasib
                                                                        Mohammead Hasib  3 weeks back

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

                                                                        • David Kennedy
                                                                          David Kennedy  3 weeks back

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

                                                                          • Obi Dark
                                                                            Obi Dark  3 weeks back

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

                                                                            • Darth Vader
                                                                              Darth Vader  3 weeks back

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

                                                                              • Mr. X
                                                                                Mr. X  3 weeks back

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

                                                                                • Pilot Supreme
                                                                                  Pilot Supreme  3 weeks back

                                                                                  In Linux it is easier

                                                                                  • Dr.FragensteinM.D.
                                                                                    Dr.FragensteinM.D.  4 weeks back

                                                                                    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  4 weeks back

                                                                                      You should prank someone

                                                                                      • Error 1105
                                                                                        Error 1105  4 weeks back


                                                                                        • Andrew Siegel
                                                                                          Andrew Siegel  4 weeks back

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

                                                                                          • The Benchmarker's Table
                                                                                            The Benchmarker's Table  4 weeks back

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

                                                                                          • The Benchmarker's Table
                                                                                            The Benchmarker's Table  4 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Antabuzz
                                                                                          Antabuzz  4 weeks back

                                                                                          staff sux

                                                                                          • jaysam bendita
                                                                                            jaysam bendita  4 weeks back

                                                                                            can erase including virus