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So you downloaded a BIN file for burning a CD ... but the CUE file is missing ...

In this article I'll show you how simple it is to convert a BIN file (without having the CUE file) to an ISO file. A BIN file, as is a ISO file, is basically a complete image of a CD-Rom. The problem with BIN files is that they appear to be useless with the appropriate CUE file.

We will use a program called BIN2ISO (by Tommy R. Lund) which you'll find on the Download page.

Note: Read the disclaimer! Copying copyrighted CD's is in most countires illegal!!

Thanks to Hans van Helden for the tip!

Ontbrekende CUE bestand terug halen en BIN naar ISO converteren


Getting BIN2ISO

The first step is to download the BIN2ISO application from the Download page. The downloaded file (bin2iso.zip) must be extracted using either WinZip or WinRar.

After extraction, double click the BIN2ISO.EXE file. This window now appears;

BIN2ISO: Start window
BIN2ISO: Start window


Convert BIN to ISO

As we already mentioned in the header of this page; a BIN file can only be burned to CD if the required CUE file is also included (for example by using Nero, see: How to burn a BIN/CUE to CD using Nero). Without the CUE file, this appears to be impossible. Well, with the application BIN2ISO this is extremely easy by converting only the BIN file to an ISO file. This can also be usefull in case you CD-writer software is incapable of burning BIN/CUE's.

The ISO file can be burned with Nero (see: Burn ISO files with Nero).

Click the little folder icon next to the "Open in:" field (see 1) in the screenshot below. Use the upcoming dialog to select the desired BIN file.

BIN2ISO will use the same file namefor the ISO file. Only replaceing the BIN extension with the ISO extension. Optionally you can enter a different name manually (2).

BIN2ISO: Choose the BIN file to convert
BIN2ISO: Choose the BIN file to convert

The final step (it really cannot be done any easier) is done by clicking the "Process" button (3). Now it'sa matter of waiting a few minutes. Below the buttons "Process" and "Quit" you will see the progress.

Once the ISO file is completed, use (for example) Nero to burn an ISO to CD.



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