One of my bread and butter jobs for clients is replacing bad/old disks in their Macs. I have a standard procedure:
- Install new hard disk
- Install latest possible OS and create account called "Admin"
- Using Admin, do all updates.
- From Admin account and using old disk as an external, use Migration Assistant.
In all the years that I've done this, I've never had a problem with the process. At the end of the process, I would see the Admin account that I created (so I didn't have to ask the client for their password) and the user's account(s). Worked like a charm, every time.
Until this one.
I did the same procedure as listed above, but at the end of the Migration process, before rebooting I see the following:
The password I used several times before the Migration isn't working. I tried several variations based on different keyboard layouts. I also booted into recovery mode and Very. Carefully. reset the password. Still no luck. I did that again and changed it to "55555" thinking that it would be very hard to mess that up or be affected by keyboard layout issues. No dice.
Last night, I started from scratch: erased the new disk, installed OS, performed updates and let the migration go during the night.
When I woke, same result.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be and what I could try?