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I am trying to use my portable dvd drive with my raspberry pi and I have gotten the drive to activate using mount

"sudo mount /dev/sr0 /media/cdrom_a"

and copy some of the files off of it, but about 10 minutes into the copying the drive just stops(mid-copy) and shuts down

I can try to mount it again, but "sr0" is no longer in the "/dev/" directory, so I am looking for the linux equivalent of a "stay alive" or "stay awake" command for the dvd drive.

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