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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This can happen because file systems such as FAT32 allocate a smaller sized file to the same position if the file fits into the unallocated sectors between two other files.
Recover any accidentally deleted partition by using the undelete hard disk partition wizard (for Windows FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linux EXT2, EXT3).
Specifically, the 15th edition has new and updated information on PC processors, Hyper-threading technology in Intel's newer Pentium 4 processors, upgrading a Dell PC, how to prepare your PC for gaming, as well as information on the FAT32 and NTFS file systems.
Dynamic volumes can be formatted with one of three file systems: NTFS, FAT16, or FAT32.
It would replace NTFS and FAT32, which are used by Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows.
Users successfully recovered files from all types of systems -- whether Windows XP/2000/NT or Windows Me/9x, and from all types of media -- NTFS, FAT32 , or FAT.
Tambien se puede utilizar para convertir particiones de FAT (el sistema para guardar archivos que utilizaba el DOS, los Windows serie 3 y el Windows 95) a FAT32 (el sistema que se usa desde Windows 98) o NTFS (el que usan las diferentes versiones de Windows NT y Windows 2000).
If you want to see the rest of it, you need to convert to FAT32, but be warned .
For example, Windows 98 added features not supported by the original release of Windows 95, such as support for the FAT32 file system.
The ability to split FAT and FAT32 partitions and undelete FAT, FAT32, Linux ext2 and NTFS partitions that have been previously deleted, is included.
Starting with Windows 98, it became possible to run a 32bit File Allocation Table or FAT32.
A FIRST, you can't easily convert from FAT32 back to FAT, you can only convert in the other direction.