UIF, or Universal Image Format, is an image format for backing up to CD/DVD. Its advantages are that it supports compression, encryption and password protection to keep your data safe.
.UIF format is getting popular, especially on BitTorrent downloads. There are two ways to open contents of a .UIF file: the first method uses a trial copy of MagicISO, which has certain restrictions – it can only open UIF files upto 300MB, and the software itself is trial and expires after a few days.
The second method uses UIF to ISO converter, a free tool to convert the UIF file to ISO, which you can then burn to a DVD or extract the contents to separate files.
#1: Open UIF with MagicISO
Download MagicISO. After installing MagicISO, open it, click File > Open and select the UIF file. Once the file is loaded, select ‘Extract’ option by right clicking the UIF file. When you are asked for the location to extract the file, enter your preferred location and click OK.ADVERTISEMENT
#2: Open UIF files (UIF2ISO converter)
This method is slightly more complex, so use it only if you need to extract files larger than 300MB (which cannot be opened by the trial version of MagicISO).
- Download UIF2ISO converter. Extract the downloaded zip file to get a folder of the same name.
- Double-click the file named uif2iso (with a label “application”, having an icon).
- In the window that comes up, locate the .uif file you want to extract and click “Open”.
- In the window that comes up, choose a name and click “Save”.
- A confirmation window will come up – hit enter to finish the process.
- The converted .iso file will be in the same location as the original .uif file.
- Download and install IZArc.
- Open Computer and navigate to where you saved the .iso file (which is where you saved the original .uif file also).
- Right-click the file and click IZArc > Extract to .\
where stands for your file.
- You will now have the files extracted into a folder of the same name as the .iso file, in the same location.
- Instead of extracting files, if you need to burn a disc from the files, download and install ImgBurn (freeware). Open ImgBurn and burn the ISO file to a disc to get a disc with all the contents of the original .UIF file.
For Mac OS X:
Download and use the uif2iso4mac freeware UIF extractor. It is a GUI app, which means you point and click like any normal Mac app – no messing with the command line.
It is based on a command line tool (UIF2ISO) of the same name.