How to Burn Open Bin Files

Level of difficulty: Beginner

The BIN format file is considered as a universal binary computer file that is composed of raw data and can be used for a variety of computing purposes. The usage of a .bin file normally requires an accompanying .cue file in order to be read and burned onto an optical media. In most instances, the .bin file format is used as a container to facilitate the distribution of code updates, digital images, video and audio files among others. Extracting this type of file usually results in a smaller sized file compared to the original BIN format.

Materials Needed:
- CD or DVD burner
- CD or DVD media
- multimedia authoring software
- daemon tools (whenever necessary)
Step 1
Launch the corresponding multimedia authoring software with the ability to burn digital contents onto a CD or DVD media. If none is present in the computer, free, and shareware, commercial versions of the required tools can be searched and downloaded from the Internet.
Step 2
Locate the .cue file and make sure that both the .bin and .cue files are located in the same folder. If no .cue file accompanies the .bin format, proceed to Step 3 (Creating a .cue file), otherwise continue to Step 4.
Step 3
In order to generate a missing .cue file, open the Notepad application. Type in the following in separate lines: FILE 'name of BIN file' BINARY, TRACK 01 MODE1/2352, and INDEX 01 00:00:00. Save the file using the same file name as the BIN but using the .cue extension in the same location as the .bin file. Take note that the quotations are not included. Only the file name should be placed between the quotes without the .bin extension.
Step 4
In the multimedia authoring tool, instead of loading the .bin file, load the .cue file. Then, click on the 'Burn Image' option in the software. Make sure that the correct .cue file is loaded for the BIN format you intend to burn.
Step 5
The burning software normally displays to the user the status of the burning process. Once completed, the CD or DVD media will be ejected by the software. Depending on the requirements of the user, another blank media can be inserted to burn another copy of the same .bin file.
Step 6
This is an optional step. In case the user first wants to inspect the contents of the .bin file, instead of launching the burning software, daemon tools can be used. Daemon tools are basically disc emulators which will allow the user to see the contents of the binary file in its extracted format. When satisfied that the contents are correct, carry out the instructions in Step 1.


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