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Is it possible to recover my administrator password? I had a friend put a new hard drive in my iMac, and the password may be his. I asked him for the password, and he says he didn't set one. Will it be in my keychain? If not now what do I do? I went to install new software and it asked for a password, and I have no idea what it is. I am running Snow Leopard.
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Do you have your original Snow Leopard DVD or a retail version of it? You can reset the admin password with the DVD.
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How did he get the OS on the new hard drive - just a clean install, restore from your Time Machine or a clone backup??

Have you tried a blank password or your original password?

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I have the original Snow Leopard dvd, I tired that and it won't let me do it. He used time machine. I think.
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What do you mean, it won't let you do it? Just boot with the Snow Leopard DVD and enter utilities from the top menu. From there you can reset the password.
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Snow Leopard OS X.6 will not run on a G4 Flowerpot iMac so it must be something different to your avatar details.

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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