How to Extract Bin Files

The .bin extension is common but most often indicates a CD or DVD image file. A disc's image file is a single file that contains the exact structure and contents of the disc, thereby acting as an archive. Usually used in concert with .cue files, .bin files are generally created and dealt with by CD and DVD burning software such as Nero.

With a .cue file, burning software, and a blank CD or DVD, a .bin file can be easily be burned to a disc and accessed. However, this process is wasteful and time-intensive; quicker, simpler methods exist.

Using ExtractNow

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Download ExtractNow (see Resources) to extract a .bin file in Windows XP or 2000.

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Double click ExtractNow's executable file. Allow the program to install itself. Then find it and open it.

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Click "Extract." Find your .bin file in the navigation and select it. It will extract your .bin archive and you will be able to see and use the files within.

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Click "Settings" if you would like to change your default extract folder.

Using Virtual Clone Drive

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Download Slysoft's Virtual Clone Drive (see Resources) for any version of Windows other than 2000 and XP.

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Double click the file "SetupVirtualCloneDrive5432.exe." Install the program and open it.

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Open Virtual CloneDrive. Choose the number of virtual drives you would like to create. Make sure "Virtual Sheep" is checked.

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Go to "My Computer." Right-click on the new virtual drive. Select the Virtual CloneDrive menu and choose "Mount."

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Find your .bin file and it will be mounted on this drive.

Using StuffIt Expander

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Download StuffIt Expander (See Resources) to extract a .bin file on a Mac.

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Open the file "expander_installer_en_74.zip" and follow the instructions.

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Open StuffIt Expander. Find "Expand" in the file menu. Click it and select the .bin file you hope to expand.

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Follow the instructions and StuffIt will decompress the .bin file for your use.