Those of you that do a lot of CD and DVD burning probably know what an ISO or a BIN file is. For those of you who don’t, a BIN file is a file that contains the complete image of a disc.
These files are often used when transferring CD/DVD images over the Internet.
Since BIN files are basically the image of a disk, all you can do with them is write them to a CD or DVD disc, mount them as a virtual drive, or view them with the right programs.
A lot of programs out there that can open BIN files, so choosing a good one can be tough. That is why we’ve compiled a list of the best programs to use as of this moment.
It comes with an intuitive user interface, and it lets you check a disk to see if it is error-free, and you can even use it to store images locally for later use.
- Double-checks images to see if they are error-free
- Can store your images locally
- Intuitive interface
- You can automate plenty of tasks
- Lacks restoration functionality
It isn’t limited to BIN file though since it can support almost all CD / DVD / BD-ROM image file formats (ISO, BIN, NRG, CDI, DAA and so on).
- Downloadable, so you don’t have to worry about not having disk drives
- Allows you to create bootable USB drives
- The Image Encryption feature
- The free version of the software limits the user to a maximum file size of 300MB
Roxio Creator NXT Pro
Roxio Creator NXT Pro stands out for not being just a program that can open BIN files. It is an entire software suite that comprises a video editor, an image editor, a screen recorder, a disk encryption tool and more.
All of these tools are available in a singular package that comes at a modest price.
- It is an entire digital suite meant for making video and music disks
- Has screen recording features
- Comes with a basic image editor
- The video editor is quite basic
It recovers data from CDs, DVDs, BDs, HDDs, Flash drives, USB sticks, media cards, regardless of whether they are the actual physical versions or just virtual ones.
- Recovers data from PC and Mac discs, hard drives, and flash drives
- Super easy to use
- Doesn’t support as many disk image formats as other similar programs
Closing thoughts on programs that open BIN files
If you are looking to transfer a CD or DVD over the Internet, then turning it into a disk image is the best way to do so.
Additionally, if you just want to create an identical copy of a physical disk for the sake of safe-keeping, then turning it into a disk image is also the best course of action.
All things considered if you want to open, mount or burn a disk image efficiently, using any of the entries on our list is a good way to start.