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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Introduced in 2006, the Microsoft exFAT file system is an enhanced alternative to the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system and New Technology File System (NTFS).
The troubled Waterloo, Ontario company will license Microsoft's current Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT), which enables quick transfer of big audiovisual files.
Under the agreement, Aspen will be allowed broad access to Microsoft's latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT), which is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.
As you can see, overall the speeds are much slower, in part because Windows-like any operating system-not only has to copy over the data, but has to write the location of the data to its file allocation table (NTFS for the hard drives; FAT32 for the USB drive).
To this end, Microsoft recently rolled out "exFat" technology, short for Extended File Allocation Table, that enables flash memory cards, smartphones and cameras to handle orders of magnitude more memory than previous file systems.