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Cannot copy a SQL Express file from a non-bootable machine

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I have a user with a POS system that runs on MS SQL Express. I believe it is V2008. Their machine died and is unbootable but the system hard drive is readable. I am trying to copy the *.dat file their app uses to another machine to get them up again (no they didn't have a backup) but when I try to copy the file it tells me the file is in use. I have tried to take ownership of the file which appears to be successful but I still get the error.
I tried to use NovaStor backup to backup the file but it says it is in use. The hard drive is connected via a USB drive so the SQL program is not running or accessing the file. I assume it is an issue with the file type and SQL Express.
Is there a way to extract this file from the old hard drive and move it to a working machine so I can get their business up and running again?
Thanks so much in advance for your help.
Tom Cieslik
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