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.bin and .cue

By XtR-X ยท 15 replies
Jul 6, 2003
  1. My friend gave me some files which were in .bin and .cue form, though, I don't know what to do with them. Does anyone know what I use with them or something?
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    .bin and .cue files are a CD image. You can burn them to a CD, extract them, or mount them with a virtual drive program. The .cue file is essentially a text file with instructions on how to burn it's .bin equivalent. The .bin is the image itself.

    He probably sent you a game or OS.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Veh is correct. To burn the BIN file properly, you will need an advanced burning program, such as Golden Hawk's CDRWin.

    You may also burn the file using Nero without the need for a CUE file.
  4. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 863

    I have Nero and Easy CD Creator 5, I'd prefer to know if it could be done on Easy CD Creator 5, I'm more familiar with it than nero.

    Though, my system doesn't recognize neither of those files, it recognizes .iso files. Do they burn the same way as .iso? If so, I try to open the file, and then say open up in Easy CD Creator 5, right? Or ????
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Unlike .iso .bin files doesn't contain the burning information, so you either need to set it up yourself, or use the .cue file...

    If you don't want/need to burn them, I suggest getting Daemon tools... It allows you to mount .bin files among many others...

    That way you can check out the files, and see if it's worth using a cd on or not...
    (Quite useful when it comes to checking video files!)
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Not always the case, as I have found one piece of software that will correctly burn any '.bin' file without the need for the '.cue' file (something that even cdrwin cannot do correctly). The software is called CD Mate and its Chinese in origin, but happens to be one of the top burning programs available. It will burn any image file format and also allows you to do compilations and create labels etc. Well worth getting a hold of. Even defeats copy protection. Check it out ...

    CD Mate
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I would do what Rick suggested. It has given me the best results.
  8. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    As long as you have the '.cue' file, then you should not have any problems.
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Well I guess that could be a problem, but I guess why I like it is that I can make my own cue files now. They aren't hard once you have seen them a few times you can see what needs to be put where.
    But for a novice I guess it could be a pain. Let's just hope they get .cue's to go along with their .bin's :D
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 863

    I'm going to want to burn them to a CD because I'm going to purchase my new PC soon and this PC is getting shipped south of the border (Mexico).
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

  12. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592

    just go into nero

    open it up, chose create a new, then data cd...... as you would windows explorer......on the right hand side.....expose the files you want.....drag and drop, right to left........hit the burn icon :hotouch:
  13. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Both Nero and CRDWIN can *attempt* to burn a '.bin' file without the need for a '.cue' file. Only problem is that they can't do it correctly, especially for '.bin' files of many games (copy protection, mixed mode, multi-session, special layouts, etc.). I've tried, and failed every time (you end up with an 'audio cd' that isn't audio). CD Mate does it right every time and I never use the .cue file, ever.
  14. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    For this Daemon tools can be quite helpful, as it'll allow you to test the .cue file before creating a coaster...

    As for Nero never working when setting the info manually, hmm, never had that problem...
    At least not when I actually set the different settings to the right value...

    But thanks for the tip of cd mate...
    I'll check it out as soon as I get my burner back...
  15. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yeah MrG, I have daemon tools as well. I use that quite frequently actually. It is a great tool to have around.
  16. Jer1981

    Jer1981 TS Rookie

    bin and cue


    I have a question, I've installed daemon but it said something about a missing link when i wanted to mount the file.
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