How to Edit a Bin File

By C.D. Crowder

The .bin file extension is often used with CD/DVD backup image files. These are similar to ISO image files. You may also encounter the .bin file extension with certain system and anti-virus files as well. These different bin files need to be edited differently. One can be edited with Notepad or a simple text editor, while image files require a specific program to read and edit.

Things You'll Need

  • MagicISO (see resources to download)
  • File with the .bin extension

Disk Image Bin Files

Step 1

Install and open MagicISO.

Step 2

Convert the Bin file to an ISO image file. Choose "Tools" from the menu. Click "Bin to ISO". Choose the Bin file you wish to convert. Choose the name you want for the ISO file name. Click "Convert".

Step 3

Edit the ISO image you created in Step 2. Choose "File" – Open and browse to the ISO file.

Step 4

Edit the ISO file through the now open ISO editor window using the following options: Drag and drop folders into the ISO File Panel or Folder Panel from Windows Explorer; Click the folder icon with a red star to create a new folder; Click the paper icon with a red check mark to edit the file’s properties; Choose the AB icon to change the name of a file or folder; Click the red X to delete a file or folder; Choose the Save button to save your changes.

System and Anti-Virus Bin Files

Step 1

Right click the bin file you wish to edit and choose "Open With".

Step 2

Choose to "Select a Program from List" and then click "Next".

Step 3

Choose "Notepad" from the list.

Step 4

Edit the text file as desired and save changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Familiarize yourself with the features of MagicISO before saving any changes to your files.
  • MagicISO is a shareware program. The trial version only allows you to use files up to 300 MB. Otherwise, the program is $29.95. If you need to use the program often, it may be beneficial to purchase the full version.
  • Always make a copy of the original bin file before making any changes. This will prevent any data loss.