- I have 2 drives in it, RAID 1, know what that means, but I don't know what it implies I can or can't do. Right now, I can only access one. I assume that's because the other is making a direct copy automatically and I can't access it.
Please read up on RAID levels, it only shows you a(or several depending it is configured) RAID/storage volume, however that is build in the background is non transparent for the user (RAID 0,1,5,6,10), besides in the administration interface
I don't want that, but I WOULD like some automatic backups, and I'd like to create the folders myself, and then select certain ones for backup at regular intervals.
Check the QNAP manual for the shared folder creation, and choose an appropriate backup method for your environment (there plenty)
Also don't forget, if you use the QNAP as a primary storage for data, be sure to make backups of the QNAP (also described in the manual)
I want to back up a REAL machine. See what you're dealing with here?
No Virtualization or linux skills required , for instance google for "backup windows computer to network"
I can't use this apparently amazing device except as a remote hard drive.
Yes you can, check the manual , gives you multiple optionsto do that