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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A partir de los conceptos revisados anteriormente y haciendo uso de los mismos se disena e implementa dos librerias destinadas para el control de la SD en modo SPI a traves del microcontrolador, fue necesario disenar una tarjeta de control para almacenar o leer datos de esta, creando un sistema de archivos FAT16 [10].
A YOU never lost it - the hard drive has been partitioned using FAT16, which has a 2Gb limit.
Both Windows 98 and Windows 95 with the SR2 patch give you a choice of using either the FAT16 or the FAT32 file structures.
Alter you're up and running, Windows 98 gives you the option of converting all your files--applications and data--to a FAT32 format from FAT16.
Windows and older versions of 95 used FAT16 - these are the file allocation tables which tells the computer where to store and retrieve files.
Supported Multiple Disk Formats: Allow users to recover the lost disk partitions and get back data from File systems like HFS+, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, etc.
Recuva supports recovery from FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems.