First off I seriously doubt that this "freeware" program (probably a good one too) broke your optical drive on the laptop. Second, why are we singling out "freeware"? Are you saying that this would "never" happen with a paid for burner program. Third, why leave out what program it was... it takes the warning out of "potential warning"
I'd say it is coincidence. Things break. Even if it did, and I just don't buy it, break the optical device, over-burning certainly would not break it.
If it cost to much to replace the drive, get a portable one. There are plenty of them out there. I have two Samsung Ultra-slim External DVD Writer
I bought them for a netbook that does not have a optical drive and my daughters Toshiba laptop because the installed one is broke and it's not cost effective to get a replacement installed.--
Living in Paradise!!