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    Feb 28, 2012
    Resetting my administrator password
    I made myself a very secure administrator password, which I now cannot remember.

    I understand that to reset my admin password I need to use my Mac OS installation disk and reboot using that.

    My question: Will I lose the contents of my hard drive by doing this, such as all my photos, videos, downloads, etc?


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    louishen's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    You will only loose access to your keychain. AS long as you are happy to start with a fresh keychain for other passwords, then a password reset will be fine
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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
    That is the problem with these very secure passwords - remembering them!

    As louishen says just change the the password. You will lose no information from the drive. Is there any special reason you felt the need for a very secure password?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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