Open BIN files

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Open BIN files
Open BIN files

If you've downloaded an old image file from a piece of software, or a game from a bygone era, you may be wondering how to open such files. The BIN format is an older file type, which contains all the information from an original CD or DVD. In order to use such files, you will have to burn them to a disc, or mount them in a virtual drive. Learn how to do this here.


Method 1 of 3: Burning the image file

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Step 1. Find the right files together

If you're trying to burn the BIN file to a CD or DVD, you'll also need the CUE file that comes with it. If you have the BIN file, but you can't find the CUE file, you can also create one. Open Notepad and enter the following:

FILE "filename.bin" BINARY

TRACK 01 MODE1/2352

INDEX 01 00:00:00

  • Change “filename.bin” to the filename of the BIN you are trying to burn. Leave the quotation marks.
  • Save the file to the same folder as the BIN file. The CUE file must have the exact same name as the BIN file, except with the ending CUE. Click File and then Save As. Click the “Save as type” drop-down menu and select All files. Give the file a.CUE extension.
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Step 2. Open your burning program

Because BIN is an outdated format, only older programs will fully support it, especially when it comes to multitrack BIN files. Popular programs are CDRWIN, Alcohol 120%, and Nero.

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Step 3. Load the image file

Depending on the program, you may need the CUE file, or you may be asked for the BIN file. Once the image file has been loaded, you should get an overview where you can see how much space the image will take up on the disk.

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Step 4. Start burning

Once you've determined that the image has been loaded correctly, put a blank disc in your CD tray and start burning. The time it takes to burn depends on the size of the image, the speed of your CD burner and the performance of your computer.

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Step 5. Test the drive

Once the burn is complete, test your disc by spinning it. Check that everything loads correctly and that all tracks are in the right place.

Method 2 of 3: Mounting the image

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Step 1. Install the software for the virtual disk

A virtual drive emulates a physical drive in your computer, and allows you to “mount” the image. This will make your computer think that a disc is being used and will load the image as if it were a CD or DVD.

  • Several options are available for the virtual disk. DaemonTools is one of the most popular available online for free. Be careful while installing, because the program will try several times to install toolbars for your browser, and other extra software that you probably don't need.
  • Mounting the image will only work if the image file is for a computer. Mounting an old console game doesn't make sense, because it only works on that console.
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Step 2. Mount the image

Programs such as DaemonTools place an icon in the system tray. Right click on this icon and hover over one of the virtual drives, then select Mount Image.

Search for the CUE file on your hard drive. Remember that the BIN and CUE files should be in the same folder. Once you have found the CUE file, open it to mount the image

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Step 3. Open the virtual drive

Once your image is mounted, your computer will treat it as a physical drive and treat it that way. This means that Autoplay will work normally or you will be asked what you want to do with the disc. The messages you get depend on the contents of the drive and the settings of your system.

Use the image file the same way you would a CD or DVD

Method 3 of 3: Opening.bin files with PowerIso

This is an easy method for opening BIN files.

Step 1. Install PowerIso

You can add any version, free or professional.

Step 2. Change the extension.bin to.iso

Step 3. Double click to extract the file

Alternatively, you can also right click on the file -> go to PowerIso -> select extract or mount.

Step 4. Done

You should be able to open the BIN file.

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