The life span of CDRW (and DVD) drives is scary and pathetic. Almost all seem to cave into some failure if used a lot in year 2.

The only good news is the desktop replacement drives are 10 to 20 dollars. Since it is likely the same dollar for the laptop units (HP's cost) then they are likely to be just covering the warranty and will walk at the end of the warranty.

If this was my setup, I'd look into some USB 2.0 external DVD/CDRW writer.