The operating systems we use on our computers depend on various types of files to get things done. In essence, every smart device works on the same principle, so even though you may not be aware, the device will handle multiple file types.
No matter how much you try to avoid, you will come in a situation where you will need to make a conversion from one file type to another. The reason for that is some applications or devices are designed to work with a specific type of file and will not work if you “load” a different file type. For example, a RAR file will not be able to work with software requiring an ISO file. If you need to burn a CD or DVD or create a bootable USB drive, a RAR file will not work.
Let’s say you downloaded something that you need to use in software designed for ISO, but the file you downloaded is a RAR file. That means you will need to convert it, but the process is not as simple as renaming the file type. In today’s article, we are going to show you how to convert RAR to ISO.
Converting RAR to ISO
The procedure is relatively simple, but it takes some work to get it done.
Before you begin, you will need to grab the software that you intend to use. For unpacking the RAR file, you can use WinRAR, the most commonly used app for archived files. For packing the files into an ISO format, you have quite a lot of choices; programs like MagicISO, PowerISO, or UltraISO are only a handful of ISO creating applications you can use.
To begin the process, open WinRAR and open the RAR file you downloaded. You can open the archive through the program and then choose to extract it to the location you need. Alternatively, you can shorten the process by locating the RAR file, right-clicking it, and selecting “Extract Here” or “Extract (rar name)”. For the second option, a new folder will be created with the same name as the archive. When the process is complete, you will see a new folder with the name of the RAR file containing the files from the archive.
With that out of the way, you can close WinRAR and proceed to the next step, creating the ISO file. As we mentioned, there are numerous applications that you can use, so choose whichever one you want to use. Since all of them have a different user interface, some of the settings and names of options will not be the same, but the general principle will be similar.
You need to open up the software and load the files you unpacked from the RAR file. Some applications will work with the drag and drop method, while for others, you will need to load the files through the application. The next step would be to locate the option to pack the files in an ISO format. In most cases, the option would be called “Create Image” or something similar, where you will have an option to choose from several types of files, and you will need to select ISO. The process may take some time, depending on the size of the files. Once it’s done, your ISO file will be created in the location you chose, after which you can use it to burn it to a CD or DVD or create a bootable drive out of it.
Since you have multiple files you used during the process, you can remove the RAR file and the files extracted from it.
There are some applications or services that can enable you to make the conversion from RAR to ISO automatically. The principle behind them is the same as with the guide we’ve shown, and the only difference is that it does the job automatically. The downside is that they don’t always work, and you may need to pay for them to make the conversion.
Since we have already shown you how to convert RAR to ISO, you will not need those applications or services, and you can do it yourself for free.