Where are the "User" Passwords stored? (Mac)?

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Hello, I have 2 accounts on my computer 1 my main account (Administrator) 2 a account with my photos on. I have lost the password for my 2nd account and i'm going to find it by looking at the system files. What is the name of the file where it is stored and how do I navigate there? Is anyone knows, please let

Hello, I have 2 accounts on my computer 1 my main account (Administrator) 2 a account with my photos on. I have lost the password for my 2nd account and i'm going to find it by looking at the system files. What is the name of the file where it is stored and how do I navigate there? Is anyone knows, please let me know. Thank you have a nice day.

Best Answer:

User: From what I have read about Mac machines, they may be in a file called /etc/shadow. As another answer said, it's a one way hash. The password in encrypted but cannot be decrypted. When you sign in, the password you enter is encrypted and the result is compared with the stored encrypted value.

Other answer:

User:
Since you have an administrator account, you can go to System Preferences / Users & Groups and reset the password on the secondary account.

The passwords are stored in a system-only file as a one-way hash — it's not like there's a file called "passwords" with all the user accounts store in easy to read text or anything close to that. Have a look at /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users then look for the username and you'll see why we're telling you that you won't be able to see what the password is.

SilverTonguedDevil:
"I have lost the password for my 2nd account and i'm going to find it by looking at the system files."

No, you are not. It would be dumb as hell if Apple just tossed all the passwords out for you or anyone else to see.

"(Mac)"

The hardware has nothing to do with passwords. Which version of the OS? Do this for 10.7 or later….
– Restart while holding command and R keys for 45 seconds.
– Click on the “Utilities” menu and select “Terminal”.
– Type:
resetpassword
– Press Return.
– Select the "Macintosh HD" or whatever is the startup drive.
– Select the account.
– Enter a new password.
– Re-enter.
– Save.
– Quit, and restart.

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len again:
Workaround to access and move your files ..

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