An NRG file is a proprietary CD image file format used by Nero Burning ROM, a utility suite made by Nero AG to create and burn ISO 9660 CD images.
NRG files are those files which can be used by CD burning software to create images into CD. In simple words, NRG file is a complete CD in image format. Various burning software such as NERO burning ROM use this. These files can also be used by other software for mounting into virtual drives which shall serve the purpose of reading.
NRG files store data in chunks which is not readable. By converting it to ISO format it can be put in a CD and image file can be created for reading. This file is attached like footer at the end of a data file.
The basic purpose of creating an image or NRG file is to create an exact image of the CD/ DVD so that the files can be accessed without the CD/DVD by using mounting software which shall enable the user to read the file.
NRG is Nero CD/DVD Image File. It’s CD or DVD disc image created with Nero CD authoring software; may be an exact copy of a CD/DVD or a folder of files that can mounted as a disc; can be used to make copies or backups of discs or important data.
There are 4 ways to mount NRG file as a virtual disk:
- Using file association
Open WinMount main window.
Click the Option drop down menu and select Options-File Association.
Tip NRG to be associated with Mount.
- Using right-click menu
On NRG right-click drop down menu, click WinMount3 -> Mount to new drive. WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.
Mount to new drive : Mount the NRG file to a new virtual drive. Assign a disk letter for the NRG file.
Of course, you can assign a disk for the NRG file, such as H: or K: or whatever you like.
- Click the button Mount to on the toolbar of WinMount main interface( or right-click the NRG file and select Mount to...).
- Select an NRG file and a drive. Then WinMount would mount the NRG file to the assigned disk.
You can also input a path for the NRG file.
For example, select H:" and input "folder\folder1. Then the NRG file would be mount to H:\folder\folder1.
- Using toolbar
- Click the button Mount File on the toolbar of WinMount main interface;
- Select an NRG files and click OK. WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.
- Using drag
Drag an NRG file to WinMount main interface, and WinMount will mount it to a new virtual disk.
How to Open an NRG File by Using Emulation Software
If using virtual CD/DVD software, download it form the internet. Some popular virtual CD/DVD software are Daemon Tools and Alcohol 120%.
Using Daemon Tools
If you do not have Daemon Tools (Free), get it.
Daemon tools is to run things, not to burn them. It allows you to create a Virtual Drive and run the programs from there.
It supports, cue/bin, iso, nrg (Nero), ccd (CloneCD) and more.
WIth Daemon tools you can "mount" a image file and extract whatever files you wish from it, or you can run the "image" as if it were the actual cd/dvd.
Right-click on the DAEMON Tools trayicon
Select Virtual CD/DVD-ROM
Select Device [0:]
If there is no Device [0:] option, just go to Set Number of Devices and raise it to 1.
Browse and select the image you wish to mount, for either extraction of playing. Click OK/double-click on the file to mount.
Using Alcohol 120%
If you are using Alcohol 120%, download Alcohol 120% and install it on your computer.
1 Run Alcohol 120%.
2 Select Virtual Drive in the Options menu on the left side of the screen. Then click OK. Alcohol 120 will create a virtual CD/DVD drive on the computer's hard drive.
3 Click Image Finder on the menu on the left side of the screen.
4 Check Cue-Sheets Image File in the Image Finder window and click Search.
5 Right-click the appropriate BIN/CUE file in the Image Finder window and select Add selected files to Alcohol 120.
6 Right-click the BIN/CUE file in the Alcohol 120 main window and select Mount on Device and the virtual drive. There should only be one option if only one virtual drive was created.
7 Close Alcohol 120, and then select Start and My Computer from the Windows Start menu.
8 Double-click on the virtual drive in the My Computer window. This should play the media.
Besides, you can also try the following steps to play BIN file with Alcohol 120%.
This program has a simple wizard user interface, that should enable you to select the proper settings for various protected CDs.
Click the Second Button to start the Image Burning Wizard.
Click on Browse button find the image you wish to burn and select it.
The only other setting you would ever need to fool with is the datatype.
Here you can set what kind of cd you want. If your not sure, leave it alone. Click Start.
If you have downloaded some NRG image files and want to burn them to DVD discs. You can try ImgBurn software to do this. The following is a guide to burn NRG files to DVD discs.
Visit ImgBurn website to download ImgBurn, the software that helps you burning NRG files to DVD discs for free.
Install and launch ImgBurn.
Select Write image file to disc in the main interface of program.
Click to locate the NRG file.
Click to start the burning process.
Wait for a while and the DVD writer will return a DVD disc that extracted from NRG file.
Converting NRG files to a more common file format such as ISO (disc image file) can make it easier to open them on your computer. You can download NRG conversion software, such as MagicISO for free from a variety of websites. Before downloading, however, make sure the software is compatible with your computer.
Download MagicISO and install it on your computer. Then, run MagicISO.
Click to open NRG files.
Click to open Properties Dialogue.
Uncheck Apple HFS and Apple HFS+.
Check ISO 9660, Joliet, and UDF.
Click to save as to ISO image, or click to burn to CD/DVD without saving.