On my Windows PC, I recently downloaded some IT software, and all of the files were.BIN and.CUE files. I needed to convert the BIN files to ISO images and mount them as a drive in order to work with them.
In this post, I’ll discuss a few free and paid utilities for converting files from one format to another. Some of the apps only convert BIN to ISO, but the majority convert various formats to ISO and offer additional features.
See also: How To Open BIN Files
It’s better to utilize the free apps if you only need to make the conversion once. It might be worth investing in one of the premium utilities if you’re doing batch conversions or conversions on a regular basis.
WinBin2ISO is a small shareware tool that does nothing but converts BIN CD files to ISO pictures. It’s the first one I recommend because it’s free, portable (meaning it doesn’t need to be installed), and compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
This software is quite little, weighing in at about 35 KB. I really enjoy this application because the developer is quite active and has a number of other apps on his website that he often updates. There isn’t much else to say about the program because it performs as intended.
Another free tool is WinISO, but you must download the older 5.3 version rather than the current version. The Standard version costs $20, which is reasonable, but it’s only useful if you need to edit, produce, convert, mount, or burn ISO pictures.
Fortunately, you can perform most of the things with the free version as well; it just has an older-looking UI, which I don’t mind.
WinISO can be used to read and build bootable ISO images from BIN, NRG, and ISO files. The link contains a list of all the features that differ between the standard and free versions.
Any2ISO can convert almost any file format to an ISO image, as the name implies. The Pro version of the application costs $23, however, there is also a free lite version. The lite version’s main drawback is that it won’t operate with files that are larger than a standard CD (870 MB). Because that is such a modest amount, most people will have to either buy it or utilize one of the free tools I suggested earlier.
This tool can convert a variety of file types to ISO images, including 7Z, DAA, DMG, RAR, XAR, and others. It can also convert any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray to an ISO, BIN, or CUE image. It also has the ability to produce an ISO image from any folder. All of these tasks appear to be possible with the lite version, with the exception of the file size limit.
PowerISO is very similar to the paid version of WinISO, except it costs a little more, at $30. You can get it for free, but if you don’t register it, you’ll only be able to work with files up to 300MB in size, which is smaller than the limit of Any2ISO’s free edition.
Generally, the software is fine and performs as expected, but I’m not convinced it’s worth $30, especially since there are a couple of free alternatives. Obviously, if you require some of the extra functions and frequently convert, burn, or create images, it may be worthwhile to pay the extra money.
Lastly, there’s MagicISO, a $30 tool that hasn’t been updated since 2010 but remains a popular choice for converting BIN to ISO photos.
In terms of producing, editing, burning, converting, and mounting ISO photos, you can accomplish everything listed above, but I’m not sure why people are still buying a tool that’s many years old. You should spend your money on Any2ISO, WinISO, or PowerISO instead. The program is functional, however, it does not support operating systems beyond Windows Vista.
Perhaps, one of the utilities listed above will assist you in completing your conversions as cheaply as possible. Please let us know if you use a different program than the ones listed below in the comments. Enjoy!