file allocation table

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Noun1.file allocation table - the part of a floppy disk or hard disk where information is stored about the location of each piece of information on the disk (and about the location of unusable areas of the disk)
table, tabular array - a set of data arranged in rows and columns; "see table 1"
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and it also supports various kind of file systems like FAT 16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT, HFS, HFX, etc.
For one, defragmentation takes a lot less time on a FAT 16 drive.
Windows 98 makes the conversion from FAT 16 to FAT 32 easy by supplying a utility that lets you painlessly convert your drive to FAT 32.