bootable clone on external drive won't recognize password

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mh52, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. mh52 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2010
    I used Super Duper to create a bootable clone on an external firewire drive.
    When I restart my MBP holding down the option key I can choose the external drive. OSX (104.11) starts to load and then encounters a name and password popup. Entering the administrator name and password of the original drive fails. Only one account on the machine - still using the admin password originally chosen. Any thoughts, wise ones, as to why the clone won't recognize the password - or work arounds to allow this drive to boot?
    Many thanks (first-time poster, long-time lurker).
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Does it look like this:

    If so, then that is the Firmware password of that Mac you have setup once.
  3. mh52 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2010
    No - standard admin password request

    top line: Name___________
    bottom line: Password__________

    I never set up a firmware password - just the admin login and pw
  4. mh52 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2010
    no luck

    I can change the pw on the MBP's HD - but I still run into a pw problem
    when attempting to boot from the external drive. It's as if the clone had a different account name or password - which makes no sense, since it was
    made with "copy all" from the internal drive. Thanks for bearing with me.
  5. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You can use that same method to change the password on that external drive, which I believe was the intent of the suggestion.


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