MacBook won't allow me to have admin rights!!

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by breakingme10, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. breakingme10 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2013
    So I got a new 1TB HDD and I put it in my MacBook (mid 2009) and it goes thru the osx install successfully and says that the account I create will be an admin account, but it isn't. It's standard. I can't reformat the hdd to even try and reinstall mountain lion because I need a admin password to do so. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ADMIN ACCOUNT, just the standard and the guest. I've tried every method of gaining root access I can find on the web with NO success. Any suggestions?
  2. Quadra700 macrumors newbie


    Jul 9, 2013
    In Lion to enable the root user you would:

    • From the Apple menu choose System Preferences....
    • From the View menu choose Users & Groups.
    • Click the lock and authenticate as an administrator account.
    • Click Login Options....
    • Click the "Edit..." or "Join..." button at the bottom right.
    • Click the "Open Directory Utility..." button.
    • Click the lock in the Directory Utility window.
    • Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK.
    • Choose Enable Root User from the Edit menu.
    • Enter the root password you wish to use in both the Password and Verify fields, then click OK.
    • Mac OS X v10.6.x

    Not sure if this works for mountain lion as i havent tried it yet but that may get you there.

  3. breakingme10 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2013
    The only thing that worked for me was to put my old hdd back in, use it to create a bootable usb, use the usb to boot into recovery mode on the new hdd. re-format the new hdd and reinstall osx mountain lion.


    Not sure how to mark this as a solved issue.
    Used old hdd to create a bootable usb of max os x mountain lion
    used the bootable usb to boot into recovery mode on new hdd
    re formatted and reinstalled mountain lion

    since I never had admin rights I could never install anything so I didn't have any info or files on the drive that I could lose.

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