Snow Leopard 10.6 password reset, no disk method

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Last Modified: May 29, 2013 9:57 AM

This only works for Snow Leopard.



1: Reboot the computer and hold the command and s keys down to enter single user mode.


You will need a wired/built in keyboard, a PC one will work, the Windows key is the commnad key.


(if a lock appears and a password request, there is a firmware password, you have to know it or take it to Apple to fix it)


2: When you get control, type fsck -fy and press enter, it will take a bit to finish


3: Next type mount -uw /  (there is a space before and after -uw) this mounts the drive


4: Next type ls /Users this will list the Users on the machine so you can get the name


5: Next type passwd username (where username is the name of the account)


6: Enter the new password twice, you won't see anything.


7: Once inside, your going to have problems with Keychain.