Files with a file extension BIN serve many different purposes with many applications that use this format. For example, CD images will contain the BIN file format, but so do other programs, such as games and other applications.
Files with the BIN extension are a binary file format and often work with a corresponding file which contains a CUE file extension. BIN files store data in the binary format for an endless number of programs and applications. The binary format provides an easy way to transmit files over the Internet since it represents a universal file format. This is why it can be related to a wide variety of programs and applications.
How to Open BIN Files
Although the file extension BIN serves many purposes, such files are commonly associated with CDs and disk images which are created from an optical disk. The binary data associated with the BIN file is copied from a CD and can be attached by your PC and identified as a physical disk. This process is very similar to the ISO file format. BIN files are commonly saved with corresponding CUE files, so you should do the following to open them:
First, if you use Mac OS, you can use either Roxio Toast 11 or Dragon Burn 4 to open BIN files. For Windows operating system you can use Roxio Creator 2012, Smart Projects ISOBuster, or Power ISO to open files with the file extension BIN.
BIN files may also be accompanied by CUE files, such as abc.bin and abc.cue, just as an example. You can open a CUE file by right clicking on it and then choosing Open With from the drop-down menu and clicking on Notepad. Once you can view the data in the file, you can use one of the above mentioned programs to copy the data into the program to open and backup a BIN file.
Images which are created from disk and CD-ROMs tend to be the most common users of files that contain the file extension BIN. However, they can also exist in antivirus programs, Windows applications and in files for your peripheral devices, such as a printer or external hard drive. BIN files are used almost anywhere on your PC and are multipurpose. They are viewed as a universal file extension to avoid occupying extensions which are typically used by other programs.