Help: Locked out of MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by blindmacky, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. blindmacky macrumors newbie

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    I am locked out of my Macbook. I inadvertently threw a very important file in the trash and shut down the computer. Now I can't get back in. Even when I use the master password it sends me to a dialogue box to create a new password but won't accept anything. If I have to reinstall my system that's ok but is there any way to retrieve my files, photos, etc..
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    From your backups? If you couldn't take 5 minutes out to back up, did you really care much about them?
     
  4. aarond12 macrumors 65816

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    Hear, hear! Time Machine is a godsend -- get a small, portable drive for your laptop's Time Machine and use it when you remember.

    BUT since the OP likely doesn't have a Time Machine drive, if you know UNIX commands, you can probably start your computer in Single User mode (hold Command-S at the chime) and copy your files to another storage device.

    If you have access to another computer, you can also make a live Linux CD and boot your MacBook from that. You will then have access to your hard drive and any external drives that you want to back your files to. I recommend using Ubuntu for this because of its built-in HFS+ support:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/
     

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