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Have older eMac running OS10.2.

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Jan 1, 2013 10:17 AM

Erased hard drive completely, trashed and deleted everything, then resinstalled OS10.2. When machine boots up, it asks for user and password. None of my user account info will work, including the original one I had when computer was new.  any ideas on how I can 1) retireve user/pw data or 2) Activate a new user/pw account??

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), actually it's a emac
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,745 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 11:33 AM (in response to blew42)

    Hello, not positive about 10.2, but I think this'll work...

     

    Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...

     

    http://theappleblog.com/2008/06/22/reset-os-x-password-without-an-os-x-cd/

     

    Admin Hack...

     

    http://www.hackmac.org/?q=node/4

     

    Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,745 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 1:28 PM (in response to blew42)

    Great news, thanks!

     

    Now see if Disk Utility in 10.2 has a Secure Erase Free Space option so that stuff cannot be recovered.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,745 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to blew42)

    I think it may not be there before 10.4, but good move to make a big DMG, maybe of Zeros, then copy it until Disk is nearly full, then trash them & empty trash.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,745 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 3:46 AM (in response to blew42)

    I don't know ofany still available for 10.2, but if you had another Mac & Target mode....

     

    http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue.php

     

    (Has a Free Demo to see if it could or not.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,745 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 10:14 AM (in response to blew42)

    thanks, I do think you're reasonably safe!

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