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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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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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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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