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    password protected
    if my computer, macpro and macbook pro, are password protected cant some one just replace the hard drive and therefore it would be like getting a new computer without a password. i mean isnt that where your password is located.

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    You are correct.
    Only way to prevent that is use a firmware password.
    I don't know if many people use that approach though.

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    interesting. firmware password. just like the iphones have. that would make the computer useless to most people that would steal it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod351 View Post
    interesting. firmware password. just like the iphones have. that would make the computer useless to most people that would steal it.
    Yes...and it makes the computer useless to you as well if you forget it. It's happened before!

    Lots of "How do I reset my firmware password?" threads.

    And if it's newer Apple computer...the firmware password is no longer user-resettable (if forgotten). And...Apple will not reset it for you unless you have a valid purchase receipt.

    Using a firmware password is something that should be considered very very carefully before using one.

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    ok. then its really not something you want to mess with unless you really feel the need for it.

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    Spot on hotrod. As Nick says many, many posts about trying to get around file vault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod351 View Post
    ok. then its really not something you want to mess with unless you really feel the need for it.
    Yes...sort of a big headache if you set a firmware password...then forget it. Security has it's "up's & down's".

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    wouldnt mind trying it on a older computer just to see the ups and downs and to figure out how to get past it, or around it.

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    It's easy to get around on an older machine, however, since 2011 and later, the firmware password is set into ROM. And the only folks who can clear it out are Apple techs. We just went through a rather long thread with a fellow who had to dig up his bill of sale before Apple would remove the firmware password for him.

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