Do you guys know what bin files are??? They are binary files, which contain only 0's and 1's. That's what the .bin extension stands for. It doesn't mean that it's an archive or a cd image, or has other files in them. The bin file by itself is nothing. The programmer decides what the pattern of 0's and 1's mean and stand for. Rename any file to .bin and the cd burner will burn it without complaining. .bin and .dat are just generic extentions used for chunks of data.
Think about it as morse code. Someone decided what specific patterns of dots and dashes mean. I can easily create my own pattern with dots and dashes, but the other guy has to know what MY pattern means to be able to understand it and make use of it.
As far as ripping games. All that the ripping software does is look at the first bit on the disc and copys it to the file. Then it looks at the second bit, copys that to the file and puts it after the first bit. You see why they are called bin files now. It's a mirror image of the disc.
ISO files are ones that have a speficied structure. They are sort of like bin files, but they don't have the raw physical disc structure. The physical disc structure has error-checking information, which is discarded by the software. The 700MB CD-Rs that you have are actually 800MB. 100MB is used for error-checking information.
Last edited by suram884; 02-24-2006 at 06:23 PM.
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