HT2433 I purchased an external CD drive because the internal one died.  When I try using the new drive I get the following msg "The attempt to burn a disc failed.  The device is not accessable, probably because it was removed"

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I purchased an external CD drive for my MacBook,the internaldrive had died.  When I tried using the new drive I got the following msg "The attempt to burn a disc failed.  The device is not accessable, probably because it was removed"  I contacted OWC and tried to work the issue with them, we gave up and OWC sent me a replacement.  I connected the replacement and am getting the same message.  Any thoughts?
Try resetting the SMC and PRAM first, if that doesn't help try a cleaning disc.....and then buy an inexpensive external burner. Slimline super drive failures are all too common.
To reset the SMC
Shut down the computer.
Unplug the computer's power cord.
Wait fifteen seconds.
Attach the computer's power cord.
Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.
Resetting NVRAM / PRAM
Shut down your Mac.
Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
Turn on the computer.
Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys before the gray screen appears.
Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
Release the keys.
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