Forgot Password

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Squilly, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Squilly macrumors 68020

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    I forgot the password on the Mac I just bought on Craigslist. Well... The seller never gave it to me in the first place. Without resetting the computer, is there any way I could reset the password or something? The username is "one" and the password hint is "one". Guess what... "one" isn't the password. -.-
     
  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Drop the seller a message and ask? Just a thought :)
     
  3. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I did. Called him, no answer. Emailed him, no answer.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'd reinstall the OS if you bought a computer off Craigslist.
     
  5. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Would I need to pay for the OS again? Or anything, for that matter? Nothing was installed afterwards.
     
  6. Texran macrumors regular

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    What are the specs of the computer you bought.
     
  7. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    256gb SSD, 16gb RAM, Retina, Nvidia GeForce GT 650m, 2.3GHz.
     
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  9. justperry macrumors 604

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    You don't make any sense at all, first you say you forgot-then seller didn't give-then you say login is one/one.

    I think this is fishy on it's own.

    You probably bought a stolen one.
     
  10. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    He did get a steal of a deal - $1500

    Doesn't mean it is stolen though.
     
  11. justperry, Jan 27, 2013
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  12. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I could explain those. The second one is related to this, since I don't know the password. The first one, I just wanted to know how much I could sell it for if I wanted to. Low ballets on Craigslist -.-

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    I reiterated the title in the OP. Read.
     
  13. eric/ Guest

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    Did you try "1"?
     
  14. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes
     
  15. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    You should really do a full re-install of the OS. You don't need to log in to the user account to do that as far as I know.

    Just reboot your Mac and hold Command-R to boot into recovery mode. You should then be able to do a clean install of OSX without any user accounts being created.

    I think this will solve a lot of your issues and it's a good idea anyway when buying a used computer. Who knows what the previous owner had installed.
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you have Lion or Mountain Lion, do a command-r boot and follow this guide to reset the PW. If you are in a prior version of OS X, boot from the OS DVD and your will see a password reset utility in the Utilities menu of the startup screen.
     
  17. eric/ Guest

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    Damn, was hoping I'd look good with a dashing answer.

    You should just restore it, what do you need on that user account anyway?
     
  18. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

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    I would just boot into recovery mode, ERASE and repartition the drive, and then reinstall the os.
     
  19. duervo macrumors 68000

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    I'd try password1

    ... or a brute force using variations of that theme.
     
  20. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I read about that. From what I saw, it doesn't erase the password or change user accounts. Deletes everything else though.
     
  21. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't have a bruteforcer.
     
  22. duervo macrumors 68000

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    Sure you do. You have two of them, with 4 fingers and a thumb on each.
     
  23. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    Hold CMD-R when you boot the laptop.
    When in the recovery tool, open the disk management app.
    Erase the drive.
    Close disk management app.
    Choose reinstall ML.

    Done.

    Several others have mentioned a reinstall and included links on how to do so. It is very simple and pretty much your one sound solution.
     
  24. Squilly thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Does that erase the OS too?
     
  25. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    Yes but it will be restored like it was powered on for the first time.
     

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