How do I Open or Mount a Bin File Without a Cue File?

   Posted May 14, 2005 by David Kirk in Windows

You downloaded a CD image in a bin format. However, nothing will read it. Most software for mounting or burning the bin file requires a cue file and this describes how to create one.

You just downloaded the latest, baddest program from some torrent somewhere. However, it’s just a bunch of bin files. You realize these are CD images or ISOs, but you don’t know how to run them. The missing cue file is the key to your troubles.

You just create a text file that is named the exact same thing as your bin file except with a cue extension. In this text file you need this information:

    FILE “yourbinfilenamehere.bin” BINARY
    TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
    INDEX 01 00:00:00

Here are the step-by-step directions:

For example, we’ll start with an example file called gameiso.bin.

1. Right click on a blank space in the same folder
2. Select new text document
3. Double click to open your New Text Document.txt
4. Paste this into the file:
FILE "gameiso.bin" BINARY
TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
INDEX 01 00:00:00

Make sure you edit the text gameiso.bin to the exact name of your bin file.

5. Click File menu
6. Click Save
7. Click the Red X to close it
8. Right click the New Text Document.txt and select Rename
9. Rename it like your bin file except with a cue extension:
10. Now any program that can read CD-rom ISOs (nero, alcohol, etc) should be ready to read the file.

If you have problems, you may have not changed the extension on the cue file correctly. Be sure to show your file extensions to make sure you have actually changed it to .cue file.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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