File Allocation Table, or FAT, is a popular file system that is implemented by almost all operating systems. FAT is also widely used on memory cards and USB memory sticks.
FAT32 is an extension of the original FAT that allows for larger partition sizes, larger individual file sizes and long file names. FAT32 is also quite well supported by modern operating systems.
There is some concern over patents relating to the long file name technology in FAT. Microsoft has pursued the violation of these patents when it sued the GPS manufacturer TomTom.
This guide provides tips on how to configure and fix file systems that are formatted with the FAT32 file system.