I booted into recovery mode and started up the Startup Security Utility - but says no administrator found.

I am the administrator. I booted normally and checked user&groups and was listed as Admin. Even though there was no account name listed above the 'Admin' text. But it does list the account/login name on the login page.

When I boot into recovery mode, I assume the recovery partition is active and there's no admin accounts in that partition???? not sure. But there is in the main macos partition on the HD.

This is mac mini w/ T2 chip and Ventura 13.2

  • Recovery is not the sane boot image as your regular macOS. When it starts, there are no accounts, just root and it’s already signed in. What are you trying to do?
    – Allan
    May 18 at 0:51
  • I created a backup of the internal disk to an external disk and I was trying to boot from the external disk to test. And the system was telling me that for security reasons I need to enable boot from external usb - and that gets done via the SSU.
    – dashman
    May 18 at 0:54
  • You don’t do that in Recovery. You have to hold the power button until you get start up options
    – Allan
    May 18 at 0:57
  • Can you explain a little bit more pls. So basically I need to add admin account to the recovery partition right???
    – dashman
    May 18 at 1:03
  • No. Recovery is just for that…recovery. It has only the basics. To boot and get the start up options, turn off the press and hold the power button until you see the options menu. See support.apple.com/en-us/HT201255
    – Allan
    May 18 at 1:07

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The problem and solution seems to be very silly.

The issue was that for my admin account, there was no full name set - it was blank.

I entered something in there, restarted SSU and it detected the account.

The kicker is that it looks for a filled out full name and then just displays the username (used for desktop login).

I would think it should be just looking for the account type (i.e. admin).

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