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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)

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To address the problem of data loss from corrupted file allocation tables (FAT), Samsung's Linux-based NAND Flash memory solution also supports Transactional FAT for external memory cards.
Norton Disk Doctor checks boot records, file allocation tables, and directories and performs a series of surface analysis tests to ensure the integrity of hard disks.
For advanced users, there are selectable options that allow them to create multiple disk partitions and choose between FAT16 or FAT32 File Allocation Tables.
of clusters, file allocation tables, or complicated software utilities
In the past, only those with advanced technical knowledge of clusters, file allocation tables, or complicated software utilities could successfully benefit from partitioning their hard drive," said Frank van Gilluwe, President of V Communications, Inc.