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Do you have a BIN file? Know everything about this file format

Sometimes we can open a BIN file with a file manager, but we can also find some BIN files that have been created by some specific applications on our computer and that must be opened with the same tool with which it was created or with an application of programming.

How to open and extract this file

If we have a BIN file, we have three ways to open it and extract its content. For this we can record the file, mount the image or convert it to an ISO format.

Save a BIN file

In order to record the BIN file on a physical medium such as a CD or DVD, we will need the CUE file, if we do not have it, we can easily create it using the popular Windows Notepad. To do this we just have to open it and write the following:

FILE nombredearchivo.bin BINARY TRACK 01 MODE1/2352 INDEX 01 00:00:00

Here we must change “filename.bin” to the name of the BIN file that we want to save, without using the quotes. Then click File and “Save as”. This will make a File Explorer window appear, where we will select the same path to save it in which the BIN file that we want to save is located. In the “Type” section we choose “All the files” and we assign a .cue extension.

Notepad create CUE file

Next, it will be necessary to have a specialized program to be able to make the recording

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It is a powerful burning software which will make it easier for us to create backup copies or to burn ISO, CUE, MDS files and other formats to CD, DVD or Blu-Ray. We can download a free version from the developer’s website.

Once we run the program, click on “File” and “Open” to select the .cue file that we had created and that we have in the same folder as the .bin file. This will cause us to add it to the program.

Alcohol 120 select cue file

Subsequently, in the left column in “Wizard for image recording”. Using this wizard will guide us through the image recording process. We will see how by default it detects the .cue file that we have added and that is associated with the .bin file, so we click Next and we only have to choose the recorder and click Start to start the process.

Alcohol 120 prepare recording

IMGBurn

It is a well-known free application with which we will be able to make backup copies by means of recordings on disks of CD, DVD and Blu Ray. In this way, we will be able to create audio CDs, as well as create discs in DVD and Blu-ray discs, the easy way. Allows wide compatibility with all types of image formats, including: BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG, and PDI. We can download it from its official website.

Once we execute it, its main menu appears where we must click on the “Write image file to disk”.

IMGBurn write image to disk

This will open a new screen where we click on “Please select a file” to select the .cue file.

IMGBurn open cue file

Once this is done, we only have to select our recorder and click on the icon “write” to start recording.

mount the image

To mount an image, we must install virtual drive software so that it is capable of emulating a physical optical drive on our system. This makes the process of mounting the image file easier. By using virtual drive software we make our computer think we have inserted a disk and the image is loaded as if it were running from a disk.

WinCDEmu

We are talking about a free and open source program that allows us to mount any disk image format as if it were a real CD or DVD. It is compatible with the most popular file formats, such as ISO, CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD and IMG, and allows us to create as many virtual units as we need, without any restrictions. It even has a portable version, which we can run without the need for installation. We can download WinCDEmu for free from its website.

WinCDEmu mount an image

Its use could not be simpler, because we only have to execute it. This will make your menu appear where we click on the button Mount image, which will open a file explorer window. We select the .cue file and it will mount it directly, creating a new unit from which its content can be accessed.

WinCDEmu mounted image

DaemonTools

This is possibly the most complete program to mount disk images on the PC. It is compatible with all the image formats for Windows that we can find. When using it we can choose between, or create virtual drives to mount all these images, or open their content, access it to extract it on our computer. It has a free version that we can download from its website.

Once installed, its main menu appears where we click on its section of Units and on the next screen in Advanced Image Mounting.

Daemon Tools advanced image mounting

On the new screen, in the Image section, at the top, click to add the .cue file. Later we only have to select the unit where we want to mount it and press the Mount located at the bottom right.

Daemon Tools add cue file

Convert to ISO

Another way to open a BIN file is to convert it to ISO format, for which we will need a conversion program. After converting BIN to ISO, we can mount or burn it with many more programs.

WinBin2Iso

It is a free program, specially designed for convert BIN files to ISO, quickly, easily and with effective results. It has support for BIN and ISO images larger than 2 GB, it barely takes up space and we can download a portable version to use from our pen drive.

WinBin2Iso convert from BIN to ISO

Once we execute it, its main menu appears where we must add the image in BIN format and indicate the output path where we want the ISO image that we are going to obtain in the conversion to be saved. Once this is done, we just have to click on the button Turn into.

WinISO

We are talking about a professional tool to convert CD, DVD and Blu-ray image files to ISO. With it we can cut, open, edit, extract and mount ISO files and other image formats. Among its features, it stands out for its simple interface and the possibility of convert BIN/CUE files to ISO. We can download a trial version from its official website.

WinISO convert from BIN to ISO

Once we execute it, the process could not be simpler, since it will only be necessary to click on the button Turn into located on the top toolbar. This will open a new window where we must add the BIN file, select the output path where the new file obtained will be saved and click OK to start the process.

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