I watched a neat Flash streaming video on a Web site and wanted to keep it to view offline. I found the file sitting in the temp folder and tried copying it to another folder. No luck–the error message “File in use” was all I saw. None of my copying tricks worked, and when I closed the browser tab that was playing the video, the file was automatically deleted. Well, Bill, I outsmarted Windows with HoboCopy, an obscure, slick utility that uses Volume Shadow Service to copy files (and folders) that are in use. It’s a Command-line tool and once you get the hang of it, easy to use. For help, read the How-To Geek’s tutorial.
Note: This download works on 32-bit Windows XP. If you are using Windows 2000 or 32-bit Vista, please use the 2000/Vista version instead. If you are using 64-bit XP or Vista, please use the 64-bit version.