Help with burning

i wanted to know if you can burn regular data to a dvd-r/rw disk with a cd-r/rw drive, do you need a dvd burner just to encode regular data without one?

Example: ok i wana backup all the pictures on my hd but i only have a cd-r/rw drive and the pictures are .99GB so can i go buy a dvd-r/rw disk and use that?

You cannot burn DVD’s with a CD-RW only burner. But you can span your images across 2 CD’s.