There are 14 other file types using
the DAT file extension!
.dat - Program data [common]
.dat - Video CD MPEG movie MPEG1 [common]
.dat - Game data [common]
.dat - Microsoft Internet Explorer cache
.dat - SPOT image format
.dat - Unreal Tournament data
.dat - Nero BackItUp drive image file
.dat - Shareaza thumbnail
.dat - Thumbnail cache file
.dat - SWAT database file
.dat - Tecplot ASCII data file
.dat - Barudan Embroidery format
.dat - Bitcoin wallet file
.dat - Prince of Persia game data
DAT file extension - Sony Digital Audio Tape
What is dat file? How to open dat files?
File type specification:
The DAT file extension is also used for files that contain Digital Audio Tape data.
Digital Audio Tape (DAT or R-DAT) is a signal recording and playback medium developed by Sony in the mid 1980s. In appearance it is similar to a compact audio cassette, using 4 mm magnetic tape enclosed in a protective shell, but is roughly half the size at 73 mm × 54 mm × 10.5 mm. As the name suggests, the recording is digital rather than analog.
DAT format has the ability to record at higher, equal or lower sampling rates than a CD (48, 44.1 or 32 kHz sampling rate respectively) at 16 bits quantization. If a digital source is copied then a .dat file will produce an exact clone, unlike other digital media such as Digital Compact Cassette or non-Hi-MD MiniDisc, both of which use lossy data compression.