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Mac OS X - Lost keychain password

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Back when I got my first Mac, I assigned a master password to my keychain. For the life of me, I can't remember it. Do I need to drop my existing keychain and start over. Or, is it possible to recover the master keychain password?
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by:strung
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This Apple KB tells you how to reset your keychain password: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1544
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by:Gregory Miller
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No it is not possible to recover without the password. It is an encrypted file. The above KB will copy your current keychain file and then create a new file to start over...

To fix a keychain file, if it is damaged, use this http://support.apple.com/kb/PH7296

To recover a password, you may need to enlist an NSA cryptologist... (bad humor)
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Aditya Arora earned 265 total points
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No options there. you need to reset your key chain and start again.


Keychain Utilty

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by:Aditya Arora
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Hi,

do you find any solution.
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by:Aditya Arora
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Hi,

do you find any solution.
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by:jdana
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Aditya,

My only option is to reset the keychain. I agree. Thanks for the candid response.

J
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