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Thanks! I'm Darice. I tried to delete one keychain password

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Thanks! I'm Darice. I tried to delete one keychain password ***** I obviously chose wrong and now I think there's a missing keychain. I can't even log into icloud because "no keychain to store .."
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Customer: Thank you. I can't even reset Keychain Access.
JA: What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: going into the trash, but I only found a keychain icon
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Customer: I think that's it. Thank you!
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Eric Ewing replied 1 year ago.

Hi Darice! I've got something we can try. Please give this a shot and let me know if it helps:

  1. Open Keychain Access (located in the 'Utilities' folder)
  2. Go to the "Keychain Access" menu > select "Preferences"
  3. Click the "First Aid" tab
  4. Make sure the "Synchronize login keychain password" box is checked.
  5. Close the Preferences window.
  6. Go to the "Keychain Access" menu and select "Keychain First Aid"
  7. Enter the administrator's username & password
  8. Click the "Repair" button.
  9. Click the 'Verify' button.

Now go ahead and restore all the missing, previously saved passwords back into Keychain Access:
1.) Quit the Keychain Access app.
2.) Goto ~/Library/Keychain/login.keychain file, then highlight it
3.) Enter Time Machine
4.) Goto a previous date's restore-point wherein Keychain Access held all your passwords correctly
5.) Click on 'Restore this file' —> replace the unwanted current version of this file;
6.) Goto ~/Library/Preferences/ file, then highlight it
7.) Once again, enter Time Machine
8.) Select that very same previous restore-point-date that was used to restore the login.keychain file
9.) Click on 'Restore this file' —> replace the unwanted current version of this file.

Reopen the Keychain Access app and assure that all inadvertently deleted passwords were indeed restored,
and then
Go to the "Keychain Access" menu and select "Keychain First Aid"
Enter the account's username & password
Click the "Repair" button.

Close the Keychain Access app.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do not have a first aid tab in Keychain Access > Preferences
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But I'm going to try the second half of your suggestion. I can't find first aid anywhere.
Expert:  Eric Ewing replied 1 year ago.

Hi can skip that step and begin again at step 6; the FirstAid tab is not present in all versions of OS X.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi. Number 6 didn't work. I had created a new keychain and that's being used now. Of course I can't get back into it because the numerical code is not what I thought. I really don't know what I did or how to get it back. Any other thoughts?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well I don't think I can recover whatever I deleted. I don't have trouble anymore logging into things. I almost think I deleted the Login Key ...
Thank you for your time.