file allocation table

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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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The operating system keeps track of all this in a file allocation table (FAT), but when you delete a file, you are only deleting the entry in the FAT.
There's a master directory in the computer called the File Allocation Table.
Most older computers running DOS or Windows organize their hard disks with a 16-bit File Allocation Table or FAT.
The system area on a floppy disk consists of three sections: 1) the boot record, 2) the file allocation table (FAT), and 3) the root directory.
A File Allocation Table (FAT) on each disk provides the DOS operating system with the information it needs to retrieve the scattered pieces and assemble a complete file.
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.