How to Write a Bin File to CD

By Kim Linton

Unlike an executable installation file, a BIN file is an entire disk image of a game or program CD. In order to run the program, the BIN file or disk image must first be written or burned onto a CD-R disk. To write a BIN file to CD you will need a CUE file as well. A CUE file is a list of instructions for burning the BIN image. Sometimes the corresponding CUE file is missing when you download a BIN file. The good news is if the CUE file is missing they are easy to create.

Things You'll Need

  • CD Burner
  • CD Burning Software
  • CD-R Disk

Create a CUE File

Step 1

If you don't have a CUE file, right click on a blank space in the folder where the BIN file is located. Select "New Text Document." Once the document opens, select "File" then "Save As."

Step 2

Name the new document the same name as your BIN file using a CUE extension. For example, if your BIN filed is named "mygame.bin," name the new document "mygame.cue", then click "OK."

Step 3

Type "FILE "mygame.bin" BINARY" in the new CUE file (replace "mygame.bin" with the name of your BIN file), then hit "Enter." Type "TRACK 01 MODE1/2352", and then hit "Enter" again.

Step 4

Type "INDEX 01 00:00:00", then in the toolbar select "File" and "Save". Next, close the document. Note that all quotes should be omitted except those surrounding the BIN file name.

Write the BIN File to CD

Step 1

Insert a rewritable CD into your CD burner and wait for it to load. Close out of any Window's prompts asking what you would like to do with the disk.

Step 2

Open your CD/DVD disk burning program. From the toolbar, select "File" then "Open."

Step 3

Select "All Files" from the File Type drop down menu. Browse to the CUE file you created, then hit "Enter."

Step 4

Select the "Burn" tab. Make sure "Disk at Once" is checked, and then select "Write." Once the BIN image is written to the CD, eject the disk. Load the disk again to make sure it was written correctly.

Tips & Warnings

  • MagicISO and Nero are a few examples of programs that will open and burn BIN files. Refer to the program help files to learn more about your particular software.
  • To extract the contents of a BIN file, open your disk burning program, browse to the BIN file, click "Extract" and then "OK." The individual files will be saved on your hard drive.
  • Make sure the CUE file you created is in the same folder as the BIN file or you will not be able to write the BIN file to CD.

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