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In an ordinary case device software (built-in or external) saves data the way they are represented inside of the program. File represents just binary data array of indefinite format. Usually such files get a name with ".bin" extension.
BIN format is effective, requires minimum program capabilities for data saving and loading but at the same time it’s not universal. You won’t be able to use data with any other application because the data meaning and location is “known” by the parent program only.
To avoid this problem some programs have a function to convert binary data files into some universal format.