How to Extract Bin Cue Files


BIN and CUE files are two parts of a single CD/DVD image, which is a complete duplicate of a CD or DVD that has been copied to your hard drive through the use of a program like Nero or IMGburn. There are two simple methods of reading and extracting information from these types of files. You can either create a CD from the image files, or you can use a specific type of program to mount the files in a virtual drive, which will read the files like a CD without actually burning a hard copy.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with a DVD-R/RW drive
  • IMGburn or Daemon Tools
  • Blank CD or DVD

Burning it to a CD

  • Turn on your computer

  • Insert your blank CD or DVD into the appropriate drive. If your BIN file is under 700 megabytes in size, use a CD.

  • If you have not already, download and install IMGburn.

  • Run IMGburn.

  • Select the "write image file to disc" option.

  • Under the "source" section, browse to the location where your BIN and CUE file are stored. Select the CUE file and click "open".

  • Click the "write" button. The CD or DVD image will now be burned to the blank disk. Once the burning is complete, you may access the files at your leisure.

Mounting the disk image with Daemon Tools

  • If you have not already, download and install Daemon Tools. Complete the installation steps, and restart your computer.

  • In your system tray--near your windows clock at the bottom right corner of your screen--you will now see a small lightning bolt icon. This is the Daemon Tools icon. Right-click it.

  • Highlight the "virtual cd-ROM" menu option. If you see no drives listed, position your cursor over the "set number of drives". Since we only need one virtual device for this exercise, select "1 drive".

  • Go back through the menus and position your cursor over the new virtual drive and click it. It should read "Device 0: (drive letter) no media".

  • A new window will open. Navigate to where you have stored your BIN and CUE files, and select the CUE file. Click "open".

  • The BIN file has now been mounted in a virtual CD drive. Go to "my computer" and you will see your new virtual drive, and the CD image that has been mounted. You may now explore this drive as if it were a real CD in a real disk drive.

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