How to Use an NRG File

By C.D. Crowder

NRG files are Nero image files. This file extension is created when certain Nero Burning software projects are created. If you have downloaded a file with the NRG extension, have no fear, there are ways to read and use the information. Many programs will allow you to convert the file to an ISO image and burn it to a CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Nero burning software or daemon tools
  • CD/DVD burner

Step 1

Determine exactly what you want to do with the file. If you want to burn it to CD, you will need to use Nero or another application capable of burning NRG image files. See Step 2 for more information on this. If you simply wish to view and use the information in the file without burning, you can use Daemon Tools. Skip to Step 4 if you wish to use Daemon Tools.

Step 2

Open Nero or another chosen application. Open the NRG file in your application. Nero will recognize the file and allow you to burn the image normally. Nero will also allow you to view the contents of the NRG file before you burn.

Step 3

Convert the NRG file to an ISO image if you’re using an application such as MagicISO. You can then burn the ISO image to CD. ISO images are also more widely recognized by CD burning software.

Step 4

Download and install Daemon Tools if you wish to view the contents of the file without burning it to CD (see Resources). Daemon Tools allows you to mount an image file as a virtual CD drive.

Step 5

Right click the Daemon Tools tray icon and select "Virtual CD/DVD ROM."

Step 6

Select "Device" then click "Mount." Browse to your NRG image file to mount the image for your viewing pleasure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Daemon Tools is free to download and use. If you don’t wish to actually burn the image file and don’t already have Nero, this may be your best option.
  • Many programs such as MagicISO and those listed in the resources section have a free trial that will allow you to convert and burn the NRG image file for free.
  • Before converting NRG files, be sure to have a backup to prevent any possible data loss in the conversion process. This happens rarely, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.