Locked Out Of Your Mac ?Share
Murphy found himself locked out of his Mac for the first time ever the other day. The Genius Bar had replaced his Macbook Pro with a new machine. They used Target Disk Mode to transfer Murphy’s data from the old machine – but when he got home his password wasn’t accepted.
Murphy called the Apple store thinking maybe they’d changed his password to some Genius Bar standard password. While he was on hold, he Googled the procedure for resetting a forgotten password. Before getting through to the Genius Bar the problem was solved. Here are the steps:
- Boot with your install disk, holding C as the machine starts up.
- Select your language
- The menu bar will appear where it usually does, though you might not notice it! Select the Utilities menu and click Reset Password.
That’s all there is to it. Now your account is accessible and you can get back to work. Apple has a support document on the topic or you can search the Help system for Reset Password.
Hopefully this post shows you how important physical security is when it comes to protecting your data. See the previous post for more information on securing sensitive files.
Here’s a link to a guide you should print out. Have it somewhere handy for that day your Mac won’t boot.| Permalink