If you simply need to extract bin files, you don’t need to buy a software to do that — I just downloaded a RAR archive containing a 600MB Bin file and found that apparently my installed 7-zip couldn’t extract the file, so I searched for a free extraction tool that can extract bin file. Surprisingly, among ZipGenius, PeaZip, IZarc, Universal Extractor, Zipeg and some other free file extraction tools, I found that only IZarc can extract bin files. I even tried to use Winrar, the most popular extraction shareware, but still failed to extract it. I used IZarc for the extraction and the result was great.
How to extract bin files with IZarc
IZarc offers an installer and a portable version. If you choose to use the portable, then you have to drag and drop Bin files for extraction. If you choose the installer, you can do the extraction through right-click menu in Windows explorer. Here I’m going to show you how to perform the extraction using the installer.
- Download and install IZarc. During installation you will be offered to install Nitro PDF Reader. You don’t need it to run the program, so make sure not to install it.
- During installation, you can configure the file association. Choose which file formats you want the program to be associated with and click OK.
- Go to the folder where your Bin file is stored. Right-click on the file and click one of the commands according to your extraction need.
- Instead of extracting the file, you might just want to open it. Right-click on the file and click “Open with IZarc”. You can view the files contained within the Bin and open each of them. This way you can access your Bin file while keep saving your disk space.
- There are two other options to access your Bin files beside the extraction. You can use a CD/DVD burner to burn the Bin file to a CD or DVD. Or, you can mount the file. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, while you can save disk space by burning the file, you will have to insert your CD or DVD whenever you want to it.
IZarc is a freeware designed to work with Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and Windows 2000. The size of the installer is around 4.7MB while the portable’s is around 3.8MB. I still couldn’t believe that among the popular free compression and extraction programs, it is only IZarc that can extract bin files. I’d really like to know if there is any other free way or other free programs to extract the file.