file allocation table

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file allocation table (plural file allocation tables)

  1. (computing) A table used internally by the operating system to keep track of the structure of a disk and where files are stored on it.
    • 2006, D. M. Dhamdhere, Operating Systems: A Concept-based Approach, 2nd edition, Tata McGraw-Hill, page 346:
      [] , although their access involves traversing the indirection in the file allocation table.
    • 2008, A. A. Puntambekar, I. A. Dhotre, Systems Programming, 3rd revised edition, Technical Publications Pune, page 13:20:
      The file allocation table needs just a single entry for each file, []
    • 2008, Bruce Jacob, Spencer W. Ng, David T. Wang, Memory Systems: Cache, DRAM, Disk, Morgan Kaufmann, page 691:
      For the file allocation table type of file systems, an entire file system allocation table is large and requires many disk sectors to store, []


  • (computing): FAT (abbreviation)


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