Please visit the new Mac-Forums Facebook page:
Join Us @ Mac-Forums Facebook Page



Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    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.

  2. #2
    password protected
    McBie's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2008
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    2,955
    Your Mac's Specs
    iPad Pro 12.9 latest iOS
    Rep Power
    15
    You are correct.
    Only way to prevent that is use a firmware password.
    I don't know if many people use that approach though.

    Cheers ... McBie
    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
    The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

  3. #3
    interesting. firmware password. just like the iphones have. that would make the computer useless to most people that would steal it.

  4. #4
    password protected
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    41,404
    Your Mac's Specs
    2011 17" MBP 2.2ghz, 16gig ram, OS 10.11.6
    Rep Power
    43
    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.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  5. #5
    ok. then its really not something you want to mess with unless you really feel the need for it.

  6. #6
    password protected
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    25,235
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, macOS Catalina,
    Rep Power
    32
    Spot on hotrod. As Nick says many, many posts about trying to get around file vault.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  7. #7
    password protected
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    41,404
    Your Mac's Specs
    2011 17" MBP 2.2ghz, 16gig ram, OS 10.11.6
    Rep Power
    43
    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".

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  8. #8
    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.

  9. #9
    password protected
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    59,105
    Your Mac's Specs
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 7+, iPhone 8, Numerous iPods, Catalina
    Rep Power
    53
    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.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Macbook Password Protected
    By Badgerfirst in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-15-2012, 06:12 PM
  2. Password Protected Apples
    By christinax33 in forum Schweb's Lounge
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-15-2008, 10:50 AM
  3. Password Protected .dmgs
    By Leukeh in forum macOS - Operating System
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-20-2008, 07:23 AM
  4. password protected files?
    By Icarus in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-24-2004, 03:33 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •