How To Convert BIN Disc Image Files to ISO Format

BIN and ISO are both CD/DVD disc image file formats that contain an exact duplicate of the original disc data. However, ISO format is more widely compatible while BIN may cause issues when trying to mount or burn the image. Converting BIN to ISO can resolve compatibility problems.

What is a BIN File?

A BIN file contains a bit-by-bit copy of the entire contents of a CD or DVD, including:

  • Data files and folders
  • Bootable information
  • Disc volume information
  • Other system-specific metadata

Unlike ISO files, BIN stores this data in raw binary format, hence the .bin extension. BIN files are often accompanied by a .cue file, which indexes the BIN files if there are multiple.

Why Convert BIN to ISO?

There are a few key reasons you may want to convert BIN to ISO:

  • Compatibility – ISO has broader software support. Many programs can mount ISO but not BIN images.
  • Convenience – You don’t need the .cue file with an ISO, the data is self-contained.
  • Compression – ISO images are typically 10-15% smaller in size than BIN images.

Best Tools to Convert BIN to ISO

There are many free tools available to handle the BIN to ISO conversion:

1. WinBin2ISO

WinBin2ISO is a lightweight freeware that quickly and easily converts BIN images to ISO. It works with files over 2GB and supports modern Windows versions.

2. AnyToISO

AnyToISO is a more full-featured ISO converter supporting over 20 formats. The free version can reliably convert BIN to ISO.

3. PowerISO

PowerISO isn’t free but offers a trial. It can create, edit, burn, and convert between ISO, BIN, and other image files.

4. CDBurnerXP

CDBurnerXP is a free disc burning suite that can also convert BIN and other image files into the ISO format.

Step-by-Step Guide

Here is how to convert a BIN file to ISO using AnyToISO as an example:

  1. Download and install AnyToISO from
  2. Launch AnyToISO and click “Extract/Convert” > “To ISO”
  3. Select your BIN file, enable “Convert to ISO image” and set output path
  4. Click “Convert!” to start the BIN to ISO conversion process

Once complete, you now have your BIN image converted as an ISO file. You can then mount, burn, or further edit the ISO image.

Tips for Converting BIN to ISO

Follow these tips for a smooth BIN to ISO conversion:

  • Verify the output ISO file after conversion to ensure it was created properly. Compare file size and contents.
  • Use the .cue sheet to point the converter to the associated BIN files if converting a split image.
  • Try a different converter if one tool is not able to properly or completely convert your BIN image.
  • Consider compressing very large ISO files after conversion using a tool like WinRAR.

Converting BIN to ISO is simple with the right software. The above guide covers the essentials in using converter tools to output a compatible, properly formatted ISO image file from a BIN source. Let us know if you have any other questions!