BIN File Extension

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Binary Disc Image
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What is BIN file?

Files with the BIN extension contain images of data carriers – discs, CDs, flash drives, or memory cards, stored using a binary method. It is usually an exact copy of all the raw data contained on such physical drive.

BIN files may include:

  • Files,
  • Directories,
  • Boot files,
  • Volumes and their attributes,
  • Other data, specific to a given data carrier - metadata

Additional information about BIN files

Data stored within a BIN image are copied by the dedicated software, sector by sector. BIN files are usually associated with CD, DVD or Blue-Ray images. Their format enables them to be simulated as discs, utilising proper software. It can be also converted into an ISO file, thus some chosen files or folders can be extracted. Software utilizing BIN files are usually programs designed for recording discs, simulating drives, or archiving software.

Programs which support BIN file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with BIN files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. BIN files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support BIN file

How to open file with BIN extension?

Being unable to open files with BIN extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with BIN files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with BIN files.

Step 1. Get the DAEMON Tools

Problems with opening and working with BIN files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with BIN files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing DAEMON Tools or different compatible program, such as PowerISO, IsoBuster, ImgBurn. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download DAEMON Tools installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit DT Soft Ltd website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of DAEMON Tools

You still cannot access BIN files although DAEMON Tools is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that DAEMON Tools cannot handle files with BIN may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of DAEMON Tools should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open BIN files to DAEMON Tools

If you have the latest version of DAEMON Tools installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage BIN on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the BIN file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the DAEMON Tools installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open BIN files box and clicking OK button.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the BIN file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with BIN extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the BIN file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the BIN file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The BIN may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the BIN file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the BIN file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the BIN file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with BIN extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Binary Disc Image file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open DAEMON Tools

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with BIN extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Binary Disc Image file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with BIN files affecting older versions of given software.

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