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VFAT

A table that the operating system uses to locate files on a disk. Due to fragmentation, a file may be divided into many sections that are scattered around the disk. The FAT keeps track of all these pieces.

In DOS systems, FATs are stored in hidden files, called FAT files .

The FAT system for older versions of Windows 95 is called VFAT, and the one for new versions of Windows 95 and Windows 98 is called FAT32.



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Outstanding Page An Enhanced File System for Windows 95
PC Magazine tutorial article on what FAT32 does to solve problems with the old FAT, and other advantages and disadvantages of the new file system. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

Outstanding Page Hard Disk Logical Structures and File Systems
Describes "standard" file systems used on PCs, with particular focus on the FAT file system and its variants. This page is from "The PC Guide."

  FAT File System Disk Volume Structures
Describes the disk volume structures used in the FAT file system. This page is from "The PC Guide."

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