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Nero Burning ROM of Ahead
is versatile program and is even capable of burning so called BIN/CUE
BIN/CUE files (files that have a suffix .BIN and .CUE) are often
found on the Internet and commonly created using CDRWIN by
But it would we a bit of a waste of money and disk space to buy
2 CD-writer programs, specially when the one you've got (Nero) can
do it all.
Simpely put, a BIN file is nothing more than an ISO
file variant, as is a CUE file nothing else as an index file
for the BIN file.
Note: Read the disclaimer
first! Copying CD-Roms can be illegal!
Tip: If you only have the BIN file,
and don't have the CUE file, then look in the downloads
page where you can find a little tool
called BIN2ISO to convert BIN files to an ISO
file. I created a separate page on how to use this tool: Converting
a BIN file to an ISO file. Look at the
Burn ISO with Nero page on
how to burn this image file (thanks to Hans van Helden for the
So how do I write BIN/CUE files?
1. Check the content of a CUE file by opening it
Notepad can be started by clicking "START"
- "RUN" and then entering "NOTEPAD"
followed by an ENTER. Drag the CUE file on the just opened NOTEPAD so
it's content will be revealed.
Note: The filenames used in these BIN/CUE
examples are very likely NOT the same names as you will see in your BIN/CUE
Here we see some kind of index of the BIN file;
|FILE "RSC-KCSB.BIN" BINARY
||The CUE file refers to the BIN file called
TRACK 01 MODE2/2352
INDEX 01 00:00:00
|Track 1 of the CD is stored in Mode 2 and
starts at the beginning of the CD.
Why did we open the CUE file? What should I check
Ocassionally, the "filename.bin" is
written including the path, for example "C:\Temp\filename.bin".
If in your situation the BIN file is not located in that same path, Nero
will not be able to find it. Remove therefor the path. Below you see a
WRONG CUE file, remove the path and save the edited CUE file by selecting
"File" - "Save".
2. Start Nero.
If Nero starts with the Wizard the choose "Close
Wizard", if Nero starts with "New Compilation"
select "Cancel". Now choose from the menu "File"
- "Burn Image".
3. Choose files of type "All Files (*.*)"
or "Images Files (*.nrg;*.iso;*.cue)"
The fileselector by default uses the Nero "Images
Files (*.nrg)" filetypes, changes this to "All Files (*.*)"
as shown below.
Note: Newer releases (as of version 5.5.x.x)
of Nero support BIN/CUE files instantly using the filetype "Images
Files (*.nrg;*.iso;*.cue)". If you have such a version, then
choose this filetype instead of "All (*.*)".
4. Select the CUE file and select "Open".
5. Check the tracks and start to burn.
In the CUE file you have seen one or more tracks, verify
this by clicking the "Info" tab:
On the tab "Burn" you can start writing
the CD by clicking "Write".
By default Nero uses TAO (Track At Once).
Well, that's all you need to do to write BIN/CUE files
with Nero ... isn't it simple once you know how?
Note: SOMTIMES Nero is complaining about
some unknown trouble with your CDR or CDRW. Often this is caused by BIN?CUE
files that cannot be burned with TAO. For that reason try DAO (Disc