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iCloud & Keychain problems

Dan Hardt-2
I had a thoroughly annoying problem with iCloud that took Apple Support a couple hours to fix.  The result was the loss of my login password and thus the loss of my large keychain.  I have a Time Machine backup hard drive and a week-old Super! Duper! clone on a portable drive.  I’m running 10.10.5 Yosemite on a beautiful 27” iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz 12GB machine (model 10,1).

Can I recover the old login password from either backup drive?  If yes, where would I go and how would I do it?

Thank you for any thoughts.
Dan


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Jeffrey Jones-2
On Oct 30, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Dan Hardt <[hidden email]> wrote:

I had a thoroughly annoying problem with iCloud that took Apple Support a couple hours to fix.  The result was the loss of my login password and thus the loss of my large keychain.  I have a Time Machine backup hard drive and a week-old Super! Duper! clone on a portable drive.  I’m running 10.10.5 Yosemite on a beautiful 27” iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz 12GB machine (model 10,1).

Can I recover the old login password from either backup drive?  If yes, where would I go and how would I do it?

What does "loss of my login password" mean? Do you mean you forgot it? There's no way to recover a forgotten password, unless you have it (or a hint) written down somewhere.

But I don't know how talking to Apple Support could make you forget your password, so I don't think that's what you mean…

Perhaps you mean you had to change your login password and now the keychain doesn't unlock automatically? In that case, the keychain still has the old password. Use the old password to unlock the keychain.

If you want it to unlock automatically again, change the passwords to match. You can use Keychain Access (in /Applications/Utilities) to change the keychain password. Or use System Preferences to change the login password.



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