How to Open BIN Files & Downloads


BIN files are the largest part of the combination BIN/CUE files that make up a single coherent disk image file. Disk image files are--in essence--a full CD or DVD that has been copied to a computer's hard drive in a single large file like an ISO or, in this case, a BIN/CUE file combination. Unless you plan on burning the BIN/CUE files to a CD or DVD, then there is only one way to open them while they remain on your computer's hard drive, and that is through the use of a virtual drive manager like Daemon Tools or Magic Disc. These programs simulate a virtual CD drive on your computer and are able to load virtual disks--like ISOs or BIN/CUE files--onto the virtual drive so that it acts as if it were a physical CD in a physical drive.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection

Using Daemon Tools

  • Launch your preferred Web browser and download Daemon Tools Lite. A link to the download page has been provided for you in the "Resource" section.

  • Launch the Daemon Tools installation program once it has finished downloading. Follow the instructions as they appear on-screen to complete the automated installation process. Restart your computer when you are prompted.

  • Right-click the Daemon Tools icon--it will appear as a small lightning bolt icon on your start menu tray--and move your mouse over the "Virtual Devices" option. This will bring a new pop-out menu up.

  • Move your mouse over the "Device 0" option, then select "Mount Image" from the pop-out menu.

  • Navigate to where your BIN and CUE files are located on your hard drive--if you do not have an accompanying CUE file with your BIN file, see the link in the "Resource" section on how to create a CUE file from scratch--and select the CUE file. Selecting the CUE file automatically tells Daemon Tools to mount the BIN file as well.

  • Access "My Computer." You will now see a new disk drive that represents the virtual drive created by Daemon Tools. Your BIN file has been mounted as a virtual disk in this virtual drive, and can be browsed and used just as if it were a physical disk in a physical drive.

Using Magic Disc

  • Launch your favorite Web browser and download Magic Disc. A download link has been provided for you in the "Resource" section.

  • Launch the Magic Disc installation file. Follow the on-screen instructions, then restart your computer when prompted.

  • Right-click the Magic Disc icon in the start menu tray--it will look like a small hand holding a CD--and move your mouse over the "Virtual CD/DVD" menu option. Move your mouse over the virtual drive in the new menu to bring out yet another menu.

  • Select "Mount" from the new menu, then browse to the location on your computer that contains your BIN/CUE files. Select the CUE file, then click "OK."

  • Open "My Computer" and open the disk drive that corresponds with the virtual drive created by Magic Disc. You may now use the BIN image as if it were a physical disk in a physical drive.

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