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Ardiem is the evolution of a little utility called "CocoaEject". The program is designed to provide simple methods for the user to manage the CD drives connected to their system. Ardiem's features include:

  • Complete support for hot-swappable devices
  • An easily extendable plugin based system for adding support to new types of devices in the future
  • User selectable system-wide keystrokes for opening/ejecting any of the detected drives
  • A status icon in the bar allowing quick and easy access to all detected drives

What's New

Version 1.1.1:
  • [Bugfix] Several brands of FireWire CD/DVD drives were not properly recognized. This should be fixed now but if any users are still having issues (mainly LaCie users) please send an email to bugreports@chaoticminds.org or post in the Bug Reports section of the Chaotic Minds forums.
  • [Bugfix] Firewire drives will not properly add/remove themselves when they are unplugged from the host system or powered down.


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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George F Member IconComment+1
George F

Ardiem doesn't work on my Intel-based Mac.

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Version 1.1.1

just reinstalled v1.1.1 on my 27" iMac i7 and works perfectly.

Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761

Needed something like this for a long time in order to eject my firewire DVD±RW drive.

Downloaded and tried it. Great! Simple. Does it's thing and that's that.

till now...

Wondering if an OS change has affected it because neither choosing the menu item, or pressing the hot-key i set does anything any more, though the drive is obviously still appearing.

Mac G4 under 10.4.8

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Version 1.1.1
jump420 Member IconReview+2

Love it! Does just what it has to do, and that's it.. No Bells and Whistles.

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

o, duh, there it is! cheers!

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

nice little app, but where do i go to map key commands for different drives?

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Version 1.1.1
Jeff-H. Member IconReview+188

I used this app a while ago, and it worked well with my internal DVD-RW and external DVD-RW, but I never really gave it too much thought until I switched over to a non-Mac keyboard without an eject button.

This little app is INVALUABLE!

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

I downloaded this program and dropped the Ardiem icon into my applications menu. I see the eject icon in the finder menu but when I click on preferences I just get the menu for the sidebar preferences, nothing related to Ardiem. I just tried to trash the program but I get an error message saying that the item cannot be moved to the trash because it is in use... I cannot eject it or trash it or even close it. I just want this program out of my life!

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Version 1.1.1
Mario Leonti Member IconComment+0
Mario Leonti

I posted this on your forum but I cannot seeit so I repeat it here:

The only frive showing in the list is the PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-106D (Apple intalled internal)

I have a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5163D connected via USB at the back of the G5 and a Que!Fire 12x10x32x CDRW daisychained to a Maxtor firewire HD connected to the 400 firewire at the back of the G5.

The HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5163D never showed up.

The Que!Fire 12x10x32x CDRW (QPS CD-R PX-W1210A) showed up the first time. When I tried to eject it Ardiem 1.1.1 put the eject icon on the desktop and blackened the menu. I had to restart the Mac as Ardiem froze and did not eject the drive. I could not force quit it via Cmnd option esc as it did not appear in the list.
After restart the QPS CD-R PX-W1210A is not in the list anymore and in the prefs it has been downgraded to inactive Devices.

Below is a list of my hardware and I am using Tiger 1.4.1
If you need more info please use the email provided above.
Please note that the most important drive for me is the HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5163D as I use it for my main burning drive I rarely use the QPS CD-R PX-W1210A.

Hardware Overview:

Machine Name: Power Mac G5
Machine Model: PowerMac7,2
CPU Type: PowerPC 970 (2.2)
Number Of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: 2 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 2.5 GB
Bus Speed: 1 GHz
Boot ROM Version: 5.1.4f0


Firmware Revision: A104
Interconnect: USB
Burn Support: Yes (Unsupported)
Profile Path: None
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RAM, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No

USB High-Speed Bus:

Host Controller Location: Built In USB
Host Controller Driver: AppleUSBEHCI
PCI Device ID: 0x00e0
PCI Revision ID: 0x0004
PCI Vendor ID: 0x1033
Bus Number: 0x4b

Super Multi DVD Rewriter:

Version: 0.01
Bus Power (mA): 500
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5163D
Product ID: 0xe003
Serial Number: 52259083
Vendor ID: 0x152e

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Version 1.1.1

Send an email over to bugreports@chaoticminds.org and I'll see what I can do to get the drives working.

Anonymous Member IconReview

USB or Firewire drives aren't supported? Why wouldn't I just hit the eject key? This software is truly useless...

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member Icon

oh my god - perhaps there are some user with 2 or more internal (!) cd drives? do you have two eject keys on your keyboard, hu? you're such an intelligent guy ...

Anonymous Member IconReview

Really nice work. Previous version always worked to perfection with my LaCie FW CD/RW, but this version recognizes my internal DVD-ROM as well; guess I could assign a different kbd shortcut to it if I wanted to.

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Version 1.1.1
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 11,204
Version Downloads 7,525
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 23 Mar 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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