External CD-RW

A little history before the question:
I am going to university in the fall and will purchase a laptop before I go. I want to have access to a cd writer capable of reading/writing everything (basically EFM/or a 2+ sheep writer.)

I do not have the laptop yet so I can not comment on the specs of it yet.

First question:

  1. Should I buy an external CDwriter or an internal CDwriter in an external enclosure.

If you say external CDwriter please follow here:
Which model

If you say internal CDwriter in an external enclosure:
Will this have any impact on the life of the cdwriter?
Is this a practical way of doing what I want to do…
Anything I should look for in the external enclosure? (I would like to use 1394 Interface, but USB is ok too).
What internal cdwriter would you go with?

Thanks in advance
]Bonkers[

Its ok. Thanks to everyone who viewed this thread. I decided to buy a desktop and internal cd burner.

Thanks
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