Forgot mac os x password mavericks

There I fired up the terminal, and started resetpassword.

How to reset your Mac OS X password

Then the Reset Password tool appears, where I have to select the volume that contains the user account. There is no volume to select.

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All buttons are greyed out. There are two volumes, one for data, one for the osx system. The osx drive is encrypted with Filevault2. What can I do to reset the admin account?


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The good thing is that I still can use the computer with my normal account, but I need the admin account as well. If necessary I will reinstall the system which is a good idea anyway for performance issues , but for the moment I would prefer to reset the password.

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Restart in Recovery mode again, but this time run Disk Utility, select the system volume in its sidebar, and you should get an "Unlock" option it the toolbar. You can unlock it using yourr regular account password. Then, quit Disk Utility, run Terminal and resetpassword, and you should be able to reset the admin account's password.


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  • User profile for user: Desktops Speciality level out of ten: If you can log in your user account and you remember your password: You can only follow these steps if you still remember your password: You should see all the user accounts in the sidebar. Choose the user you want to change the password to and select Change Password You will be asked for your password.

    How to reset the user password in OS X Lion and newer OS X releases

    If you cannot: Have you lost your Mac password? Are you unable to get into your computer because of it? Apple lets you restore your password if you have the system disks that came with the computer, or—if you have a newer non-optical disk machine like a Macbook—with the built-in system recovery mode.

    A word of warning, though: You do this by restarting your Mac, and right when you hear the start up chime, hold down the Command and S keys simultaneously. Hold them down until you see the little gear icon on your screen; you can let them go at that time.