What is a BIN file and how to open it?

What is Bin file?

bin fileThe .bin file extension is mostly related to the compressed binary files. These files are generally used by many different computer applications and for a variety of reasons. The .bin extension is popularly used with CD and DVD backup image files and some specific anti-virus programs. The BIN files include binary code that is used by the many different applications on your computer. In most cases, the BIN files are stored in basic binary format and can be opened with the help of a text editor.


However, some BIN files are created by certain computer applications, such as Roxio Creator, that must be opened with the software that it was created with or with a compatible software application. A BIN file is a ROM image It saves the data dumped from a Sega Genesis game cartridge, which is an exact copy of the game. BIN files can also be played on a computer using a Sega Genesis emulation program.


How to Open BIN Files

You cannot open the BIN file directly; to use it, you will need to either burn it into a disc or mount it to a virtual drive. You can also convert the BIN file into an ISO file, which permits you to use many more programs to burn or mount it.


Method 1: Burning the BIN File

1 Find your files. If you are trying to burn the BIN file into a CD or DVD, you will also require the CUE file to go with it. If you have the BIN file but unable to find the CUE file, you can create one.

2 Create a CUE file (if you don’t have one). Open Notepad and enter the following lines:

  • Change filename.BIN to the name of the BIN file you want to burn. Keep the quotation marks.
  • Save the file into the same folder where the BIN file is stored. The CUE file should be named in the same manner as the BIN file is named, except with the.CUE file extension. Click File → Save As. And then click on the “Save as type” button in the drop-down menu and select “All Files” button. Name the file as a.CUE file extension.

3 Open your burning program. As BIN is a format of older versions, only older programs can fully support it, particularly when it comes to multitrack BIN files. Popular programs include CDRWIN, Alcohol 120%, and Nero.

4 Load the image file. Based on the program, you may require loading the CUE file or it may also ask for the BIN file. Once the image file is uploaded, you can see a readout displaying how much space the image will take on the disc.

5 Start burning. Once you’ve verified that the image has loaded properly, insert a blank disc and start burning it. The time it takes to burn will completely depend on the size of the image, your burner’s speed, and your computer’s performance.

6 Test the disc. Once the burning process is completed, test the disc by inserting it into the device you burned it for. Ensure that everything loads accurately and that any tracks are in the right spot.


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Method 2: Mounting the Image

1 Install virtual drive software. A virtual drive will match a physical optical drive on your computer and will permit you to “mount” the image file in it.

2 Mount the image. Programs like WinCDEmu will locate an icon in your System Tray. Right-tap on this icon, however over one of the fake drives, and then choose Mount Image.

3 Open the disc. Once the image is mounted, your computer will start acting as if a physical disc has just been inserted. This means Autoplay might open, or you might be asked what you wish to do with the disc.


Method 3: Convert a BIN File into ISO Format

1 Download a conversion program. You will be requiring a conversion program to change the BIN file into an ISO file. Once you change it to an ISO file, you will be capable to mount or burn the file with many more different programs.

2 Open the converter tool. Start MagicISO and click the Tools menu. Select “BIN to ISO”.

3 Browse for your BIN file.

4 select the name for a new ISO file.

5 Convert the file. Tap on Convert for converting the BIN file to an ISO file. This may take a few minutes.

6 Mount the ISO file. Once the file has been converted, you can mount it by using a virtual drive. If you are using Windows 8 or OS X, just right-tap on the ISO file and choose “Mount”.

7 Burn the ISO file. You can burn ISO files into discs using the most burning programs.

8 Explore the ISO file. You can use programs such as MagicISO to explore the contents of the ISO file, permitting you to copy particular files from within the archive.


Convert BIN file to ISO


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Power ISO is also a BIN converter. It permits the users to open, edit, convert and extract the bin files. To convert bin/cue file to ISO, you need to follow these steps,

  • Run PowerISO.
  • Choose “Tools > Convert…” Menu.
  • PowerISO shows Image Converter dialog.
  • Choose the source bin file you want to convert. You can also select the cue file.
  • Set the output file format to iso file.
  • Enter the output file pathname.
  • Click on the “OK” button to start converting the bin file to the iso file. PowerISO will display the progress information during the conversion. 
  • After the bin file has been converted successfully, you will receive a message, “Converting image file completes successfully”.


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