These type of event don't always get registered. However, if it is a system event that IS registered by the OS itself, it would be in your Event Viewer under either
Custom Views\Administrative Events or
Windows Logs\System or possibly
Windows Logs\Application depending on the type of events: hardware, drivers, etc.
Now if its done by an application, such as ImgBurn revving up the optical drive to read/rip or write/burn something, it would be strongly dependent on the developer/vendor and if they have chosen to register events and to what extent. If they do register events, they would appear under
Applications and Services Logs generally corresponding to the applications name.
Finally, if you KNOW the type of event you are trying to capture, you can create a custom view report under event viewer and set the event level, source it either by log (predefined) or by source to specific element (much more granular), and even if you want to add keyword (use only if you know the event name you are trying to capture). Do what you need to do after you create that and go back and see what it captured for you.
Hope that helps.