installing windows server 2008 missing drivers

I need to reinstall Windows Server 2008 R2. When I try to boot off the DVD, it says  DVD drivers are missing.  I was hoping to get around that by copying  the contents of the installation DVD to my C: drive and installing from there, but that won't work, either ... says insufficient space, even though there is plenty.

I'm here by myself this holiday. Could anyone help me?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can you boot from a known bootable CD (not the installation disk)?  It is possible the installation is not bootable for some reason.
What server hardware is it? Dell servers include an OpenManage DVD which you boot from and which is used to prepare the system (RAID array etc.,) and select the OS you want to install. It then prepares the system and all the necessary drivers, and when ready the DVD pops out and you are asked to insert the OS installation DVD, after which the installation resumes. HP servers have something similar, a Smartstart CD, or if it is a newer model, intelligent provisioning which is ROM based, just check the server's manual. Other server manufacturers include similar options.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I agree - you should be using the server setup CD to perform the install so it properly includes all necessary drivers.

Alternative to CD - use a USB flash drive.  Download or create an ISO image, then use the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to put it on a flash drive.  (Installs faster that way anyway).
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