Need a copy of a live SQLExpress database

I use MS SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Express 2005.  I have live database I can not seem to get to stop or take offline.  But I need to copy it.

I can not detach it, and when I try to back it up, the file is revealed as useless to me when I try and restore it on the target machine.  Since there is no database to restore to, it fails.

Can someone suggest how I can get the exact database onto a second machine??

thanks,
newbieweb
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
I would like you to go through the docs:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190436.aspx

that should answer your question(s).

now, you cannot "copy" the database files themselves while the database is attached ie online ...
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Got it.

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