The .xml files are just template files. They're absence or presence should not affect the backup/restore protocol.
Macrium even offers the possibility of taking a back up of your templates should you want to.
That piece of software is truly a godsend. Pretty brilliant if you'd asked me.
All syncbackSE profiles ran successfully last night. This morning I added a new profile, the OS password was required as usual and my 'new' OS password (vs. the 'lost' local) was accepted as expected.
That means that *both passwords worked for the profiles last night: the 'lost' local and the new MS password.
Tell you something :-)?
Getting back as mentioned earlier--
After reinstalling, creating a profile using the existing external drive/directory as the destination (already containing n images), I now confirm that the software does perform a file count on an existing location.
>>>>>Macrium even offers the possibility of taking a back up of your templates should you want to<<<<
And where do you find this option?