Cisco ASA 5505 - reset password now it only boots to default config

I have a Cisco ASA 5505 I tried resetting the password/doing a password recovery on and followed instructions from these two websites:

Now, when the ASA boots up it goes straight to the default configuration. Did I wipe out and lose all the previous settings for this device? I never ran any delete or erase commands.

When I boot into global configuration and run a dir I see three different .bin files -- two of them I believe are system default images but when I try to set the third .bin file as the boot image it says WARNING: boot variable added, but not a valid image disk0:/asdm-745.bin

Any help to get this thing back up and running would be greatly appreciated, even if the password remains.
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First of all 'adsm-745.bin' isn't an IOS image...that is the ADSM file which allows you to manage the router - i.e. the GUI image you use to manage an ASA...

The valid IOS images on the ASA are called asaxxx-kx.bin where xxx is a number denoting the version of the IOS...

As for why you are getting the default config that depends - if you followed the instructions in those posts the only reason it would be at the default config is if it never had a config at all...least that's the only thing I can think of
Henk van AchterbergSr. Technical ConsultantCommented:
The password reset process described in that URL is just wrong....

please use this:

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dannymyungAuthor Commented:
henkva, you are correct, those instructions messed up the saved config. I ended up doing a factory reset and am reprogramming everything now. Thanks.
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