Administrator account is gone

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brijazz, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. brijazz macrumors 6502

    brijazz

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    Jul 31, 2008
    #1
    Here's the situation… stick with me :)

    1) I had two user accounts: one standard, one admin. I had "hidden" the admin account from prying eyes using some Terminal commands (see here if you're interested: http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1228912)

    2) some months later, I enabled the Open Firmware Password (hence, I can no longer boot into single user mode, boot from CD, etc)

    3) at some point, I inadvertently reinstalled OS X (don't ask… or do, I'll explain if necessary)

    4) when logging in, I ONLY have my standard account. My hidden admin account seems to be gone. OS X won't even accept the admin login/pwd when attempting to execute admin-only commands from within the standard account

    With the combined effect of not having admin access and having enabled the Open Firmward Password, I can't even get to the point where I can do a clean install on the machine (where I would then restore from Time Machine). I'm really stuck… any advice?
     
  2. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Feb 20, 2010
    #2
    There is nothing at the other end of that link about Terminal or hiding accounts.


    Considering the ramifications of item 2... accomplishing item 3 must have involved an exercise very similar to what you're trying to achieve right now in this thread. Why not just repeat that step 3 process again? (instead of explaining it)


    Okay, but the important info missing in all this is: why don't you simply disable the firmware password and proceed normally. [?]
     

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