Device Driver Files, Types, Formats, Extensions

Device Driver Files, Types, Formats, Extensions

Extension Name Extension Type Category Dev.Company File Format Description
.386 File Extension Windows Virtual Device Driver System Microsoft Unknown Device Driver file used by Windows 3.x systems; allows one or more hardware devices to communicate with the computer; may also add support for internal components; "386" comes from the type of processor used in many early Windows machines.
.CAB File Extension Windows Cabinet File System Microsoft Binary Archive format native to Microsoft Windows that contains compressed data; supports .ZIP, Quantum, and LZX Data Compression algorithms; used for Windows software installations such as system files, network components, and Device Drivers.
.DRV File Extension Device Driver System N/A Binary Driver File used by Windows Operating Systems to connect and communicate with hardware devices (both external and internal); contains commands and parameters for how device and the operating system communicate together; also used to install a device driver on a computer.
.DDB File Extension Digidesign Database Data Avid Technology Binary Application support file created by Pro Tools, a Digital Audio workstation (DAW) application; contains application support information for an audio project and uses the filename volume.ddb.
.KO File Extension Linux Kernel Module File System N/A Binary Module File used by the Linux kernel, the central component of the Linux operating system; contains program code that extends the functionality of the Linux kernel, such as code for a computer device driver; can be loaded without restarting the operating system; may have other required module dependencies that must be loaded first.
.KEXT File Extension Mac OS X Kernel Extension System N/A Binary Mac OS X extension that provides additional OS functionality for a device or program; commonly used for peripherial Device Drivers; typically found in the /System/Library/Extensons/ directory.
.RUN File Extension Linux Executable File Executable N/A Binary Executable File typically used for Linux Program Installers; contains program data and instructions for making the installation; often used for distributing Device Drivers and software applications.
.SYS File Extension Windows System File System Microsoft Text and Binary File used by Microsoft DOS and Windows Operating Systems; contains system settings and variables, as well as functions that are used to run the operating system; commonly used to store Device Drivers and other core Windows functions.
.SYS File Extension Windows System File System Microsoft Text and Binary File used by Microsoft DOS and Windows Operating Systems; contains system settings and variables, as well as functions that are used to run the operating system; commonly used to store Device Drivers and other core Windows functions.
.VX_ File Extension Compressed Virtual Device Driver File System Microsoft Binary Compressed .VXD file used for distributing Device Drivers in a compact format; sometimes found in device driver downloads or on installation CDs; not meant to be opened or edited manually and should be used or handled automatically by a software or driver installer.
.KB2 File Extension Kleo Backup File Backup Carroll-Net Binary Backup archive created by Kleo Bare Metal Backup for Servers, a program used to backup and clone computer files; can store the entire computers file system, including operating system, device driver, and application files; used to clone or backup and restore all files on a hard drive.

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