Weird issue with Laptop and DVD drives

Nerdface

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My laptop is about 7 years old now.. It's a HP Pavilion.
OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200M @ 2.50GHz (Haswell)
Memory: 16GB HyperX Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4600 (HP)
HDD: 500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
It's had a few upgrades since purchase (OS, Memory, HDD), but in this time it has burnt out 2 internal DVD drives (they stopped reading discs and would appear only intermittently on Windows Explorer) and I am now struggling to get it to burn discs on an external DVD drive (it can read discs fine). Using ImgBurn I get an error 'Power Calibration Area Error'.

On doing my own research, the error tends to point to a failing drive or poor quality media. However the drive is new and has been tested and works on 2 other systems, and 1 of these was with the same media that I am trying..

I have tried a factory restore following a recent upgrade to a SSD, as well as plugging it into different USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, but continue to have the same issue. The only thing left that I can think of is to try a 'high quality' USB cable. Otherwise I'm stumped..

Just wondered if anyone had any thoughts?
 
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