Semi-related question WAS Re: [thelist] Mac password help

Hans-Fr=?ISO-8859-1?B?6WTp?=ric Fraser hfraser at
Thu Dec 19 20:28:01 CST 2002

Ok ... Os 9 no problem ... You could even restart from a sys cd and have
total access to the disk (to restart from a cd on opening hold the "c" key

OsX never tried ... But you could have major f#$% ups on the permissions but
then again nothing that can't be solved with time and resetting the

Now like they said the best thing is to boot from an osx system install cd!

That way you can reset the admin password and everyting will be in your
control and save a lot more time than actually swapping disks!

ps: you have the original instal disks of course! ;-)

On 12/19/02 7:52 PM, "Ken Schaefer" <ken at> wrote:

> [Genuine Question to Mac people out there]
> What happens (with OS 9, and OS X) if you take the disk out, and place it
> into another machine (so the OS on the password protected disk is not
> started)?
> Cheers
> Ken
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> From: "Adrian Simmons" <adrinux at>
> Subject: Re: [thelist] Mac password help
> : Joel Canfield wrote:
> :
> : >We have a G4, probably OS9 but possibly X, which has a password on it,
> and
> : >the ex-employee who was the only user has 'forgotten' what it was.
> : >
> : >Is there a way, short of whacking it and rebuilding, to recover it?
> : >
> : With OSX, get an OSX installer CD, there is an option to reset the admin
> : user password if you start up from the cd and go into the installer (but
> : you don't have to actually install any software).
> :
> : OS 9 - hold down shift at startup to disable extensions?
> :
> : There is also a possibility that the disk is passwd protected with
> : something like FWB Hard Disk Toolkit, I've no idea how to sort that
> : short of wiping the drive.
> :
> : Adrian

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