Converting from/to different image file formats
Although it might not be obvious, IsoBuster is able to convert image files to the most common type image file of all (the *.iso file, in combination with the cuesheet file *.cue or the *.img file).
The *.iso / *.cue file is supported by many write applications (e.g. Nero, FireBurner and CDRWin support the bulk of the many different types of *.iso / *.cue out there)
How to convert an existing optical disc image file to a *.iso / *.cue which is the most common type image file :
Check the properties / Image File creation settings. Make sure the cuesheet file creation option is set to "Always" or "Prompt" so that you are sure a cuesheet file is created when you do the conversion.
Click here for more on setting this option.
Next, open an image file, any kind, select the CD/DVD icon in the left TreeView pane, right mouse click, choose Extract ... <Image>. Extract either User Data or Raw
know that *.iso files come in many flavours but both options User Data and Raw are the most common ones.
- Use User Data if you are sure there is only normal data on the CD (so no audio tracks and not a Video CD)
- User Raw if you are unsure, this copes with all types of CD data : normal data, Audio tracks, Video CD, ...
- On DVD it's simple, there is only one type of data, User Data
The resulting file may not have the extension .iso. Not to worry, just rename the file and give it the extension .iso. Many types of image files *.tao, *.bin, *.dao, *.img, .. can be renamed to .iso because .iso comes in so many flavours. However, many applications are not able to detect the right flavor the way IsoBuster can, hence the need for a cuesheet file.
Click here for more on Image extraction, scroll down to get more information on Extract ... <image>
When the extracting is done, IsoBuster will prompt you and ask if you would like a cuesheet file (*.cue) to go with the extracted image or will create one automatically (depending on what you set in the options).
A cue-sheet file is in fact a text file with a .cue extension. Feel free to open such a file with your favorite text editor to see how the track layout and block size is saved. You may also want to change the first line, if you changed the extension of the extracted image file to .iso. E.g. change CD.tao to CD.iso on the first line in the cue-file.
Click here for more on CueSheet files (*.cue)