How would you delete your data on a USB 2.0 stick

How would you delete your data on a USB 2.0 stick

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    with rm

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    thermite

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    microwave

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Back in the field, we'd use 2 bomb with an individual yield of half a ton to dispose of classified supports. (or maybe it was just the total mass of the individual bomb. I'm an IT, not weapon techie)

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Keep it encrypted from the start so when you do finally wipe it the data that remains will be scrambled to the point of being irrecoverable even with the key. (Which you might be able to assume your adversary, such as a opportunist thief probably dosen't have)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      cat /dev/urandom > /dev/sdwhatever
      [code]

      Is a good choice.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Dammit wrong slash

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks to wearleveling systems it's not guaranteed that the flash cells will be overwritten completely, some undetermined amount of data can remain

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          damn, never thought about that with flash devices. so encryption from the get go is the way to go for sure then

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      he doesnt know

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Any worthwhile formatting program has options to set the drive to zeros.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          didnt know explorer was a worthwhile formatting program

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hammer

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    trashcan

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    turn it into a bomb that destroys a laptop thast tries to use it

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >put it up your ass
    >go to police station
    >take a shit
    >flush it
    It's the last place they'll look.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'll do you one better; mail it. The postal service will make sure no sentient being ever comes in contact with it again in this universe.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Tech dweebs are shoving more things up their asses these days. It's the first place the cops will check.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Whether a tech dweeb shoves things up their ass correlates to the colour and pattern on their socks.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn't. You can buy another 128GB USB 3.1 stick for less than 10€.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    cat /dev/urandom >> /dev/sdxN

    Replace x with a, b, or whatever letter your USB drive is. To see what filesystems are mounted use.

    mount -a

    This will overwrite the drive with garbage data. Be sure that you know what you're doing.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      wtf, I always used dd, never thought of using cat to do that frickin hell dd is so slow even if you get the batch size right

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Since the flash media can't be trusted, the answer is to never have anything on it in the first place, as in always use fulldisk-encryption. The data will be meaningless without the key. This also tremendously speeds up formatting times since no full pre-writes are necessary.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Keep it encrypted from the start so when you do finally wipe it the data that remains will be scrambled to the point of being irrecoverable even with the key. (Which you might be able to assume your adversary, such as a opportunist thief probably dosen't have)

      veracrypt?

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Keep overwriting it with random data until it dies, then buy another.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      See

      Thanks to wearleveling systems it's not guaranteed that the flash cells will be overwritten completely, some undetermined amount of data can remain

      [...]
      veracrypt?

      Sure, it should have the ability to use usb devices as fulldisk encrypted containers, or atleast use an encrypted file as the container.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        what encryption software would you recommend?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Any that uses the tried and true algorithms and doesen't try to solo things. Personally I use dm-crypt but that may not be available or convenient for you

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    drill through the flash chips and throw away.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    without search warrant
    >dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb
    with search warrant
    >microwave and a boot

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Get a spare 12V HDD desktop power supply, cut the DC barrel off, remove a bit of insulation on each of the two wires, then plug the power supply in and use the wires to run 12VDC/1.5-2A through the NAND chips to fry them thoroughly.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Unlike what IQfy believes, you shouldn't really include any three-letter organisations in your threat model, you will not win that battle if you have no reason to fight it. That being said there is still reasons to protect your data.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What movie is this from?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm pretty sure it's The Core

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you're worried about this shit just physically destroy it.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I would drop it in the volcano of mordor.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >intenso
    just leave it around somewhere, it'll delete itself over time

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Happen to all flash drives.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >Maybe if you hit the chip directly. I'm not sure I'd trust it.
    12V on 3.3V/5V circuitry? Guaranteed destruction. You know nothing about circuits, don't you?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The flash array is pretty big. You'll probably nuke the power supply, maybe some other support stuff and maybe even a few flash cells. You're almost certainly not going to completely erase it.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Eat it

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