My father passed about four months ago. He had a macOS computer we need to access for photos and a lot of information and files has stored. I do not have the Name or Password he used. Is the there a way to access this info?

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    What model of computer (should be on the back or bottom of the case)? Do you know which version of the OS was on it? Please edit your question to add these details and any other relevant information that can aid in finding a solution.
    – agarza
    Feb 11 at 21:55

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You can ask Apple to request access to the Apple ID account: this would cover photos stored in iCloud, Calendar, Contacts, email and any documents in iCloud Drive.


It is possible to reset the disk password, by booting into Recovery mode, selecting the Terminal app, and typing resetpassword. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT212190

It may also be possible to reset the password using the AppleID. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202860

Alternatively, if the data is not encrypted on the disk, then you might be able to access the files using Target Disk Mode. This treats the Mac like an external disk for another Mac. Connect the two computers with a cable, and boot the target Mac while holding T.


You should be able to access all the files and folders.

You could also check if there is a backup disk that isn't password protected.

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