USB Key / Memory Stick / Flash Drive

USB KeyUSBkey is a storage device integrated with a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface. USB keys are typically removable and re-writable.  Storage capacities typically range from 4 GB to 256 GB with steady improvements in size and price per gigabyte.


A port is an interface for attaching external devices to a computer. It controls the rate at which data can be transferred between the computer and the attached device.

Using a USB Key in the PC Suites 

ISS have disabled Autorun on the all computers in the PC Suites as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of viruses.  When autorun is disabled, a USB memory stick or software on a CD or DVD will no longer automatically start when inserted.

To access a USB stick or CD once it has been inserted.

  1. Double click on My Computer icon on the desktop.
  2. Double click on Removable disk to open your USB key
  3. Open the file or folder you wish to access

USB Key has become corrupt

If your USB key has become corrupt, there are several free data recovery tools available that may be successful in recovering data. One example is TestDisk software - installation instructions and recovery information available. Please note that Information Solutions and Services do not take responsibility for user data

Scanning your USB stick for Viruses

ISS recommend that users frequently scan their USB devices for Viruses or Trojans, to do this right click on Removable Disk (E):  and select Scan for Threats.... 

McAfee will then run its scan on your USB drive.  If it finds any infections or threats, it will notify you. 

If McAfee does not find anything, it will state this in the bottom left-hand corner of the scanning window.  If McAfee has found something, it will alert you to it and state whether it’s been cleaned or deleted.  If it does find a virus, it is important to follow up by running an anti-virus scan on ALL computers you have used this USB drive on.