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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Most older computers running DOS or Windows organize their hard disks with a 16-bit File Allocation Table or FAT.
When a user issues one of these commands, the computer finds the file in the file allocation table (FAT) and removes the first character of the file name.
In a move designed to eliminate potential data loss in file system applications, Micrium, a leading provider of high quality embedded software components, today announced the addition of a critical journaling feature to the file allocation table (FAT) version of its uC/FS File System software.
What's more, the company has recently signed a patent licensing agreement with BMW, under which Microsoft will offer the latest Extended File Allocation Table to BMW.
announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM.
All disk imaging products support the Windows file systems -- File Allocation Table (FAT) 16, FAT 32, and NT File System (NTFS)--and some provided limited support for Linux file systems Ext2, Ext3 and Linux Swap, but today only Acronis supports ReiserFS, the default file system used by SuSE Linux.
There is a master directory in the computer called the File Allocation Table.