File Vault Master Password Help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yaja123, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. Yaja123 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    OK, Ive forgotten my master password :mad:

    However the file vault is NOT on so im ok, i havent lost any data.

    I know my personal login password.

    I want to turn File Vault ON but i want the Master Password reset first.

    Does anyone know how to Reset the Master Password in this situation?

    please dont say i have to hard reset .... :eek:
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    After a quick look in the Security preference.pane and browsing Apple Support a bit, I'm beginning to fear that you have to do a complete clean install to "reset" the Master password without the old one. Sorry. :(

    (Just remember to use the "hint" feature next time, right...? ;))

    This statement, from Mac OS X 10.4 Help: I forgot the password to my encrypted home folder, is what makes me quite certain:
  3. Yaja123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    Everything else is perfect..... :( I dont want to do i complete re-install...... damn.

    i did use the hint... but i still couldnt remember :D .. crap hint!

    Alot of hassle, but i suppose the security is worth it. Ill have to set aside a Sunday sometime soon in the next month.

    I have three 128 bit encrypted disk images where i store 90% of my data but i wanted something for my in current/active docs.
  4. dogbone macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2005
    S33.687308617200465 E150.31341791152954
    Yeah I did that.

    I used "1 up" as a password hint but I'm damned if I can work out what it means. Every now and again I spend a few minutes trying different things. I'll probably get it after about two billion trillion years. Or maybe I should hire a monkey to have a go.
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR

    That's a long-ass password.

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