1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 14, 2013 3:46 PM by John Galt
mathivb Level 1 Level 1

i just got my Imac back from store (it was too slow etc.) and they had to change the HDD .... now i'm trying to log for the admin thingys but none of my password are working... how can i get it back ?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9), password
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8
    1. Boot OS X Recovery by holding and r (two fingers) while you start your Mac.
    2. When the Mac OS X Utilities screen appears,select Utilities > Terminal.
    3. In the Terminal window type resetpassword and press Enter. A window will open behind Terminal that looks like this:



    1. Select your startup volume ("Macintosh HD" in the above screenshot), choose your user account from the dropdown selection, enter a new password, complete the password hint field, and click Save.
    2. You may then see a confirmation dialog explaining how this change affects Keychain Access and what to do about it. Remember it or write it down, then click OK.
    3. Quit Reset Password
    4. Quit Terminal
    5. Quit OS X Utilities and restart your Mac.


    To fix your Keychain problems, go to your Utilities folder and open Keychain Access. Follow the steps here: Mac OS X: Keychain Access asks for keychain "login" after changing login password.