Usually, you need to set up your NAS before you put data on it. Many NAS systems require a complete wipe if you change their disk configuration.
boilerplate RAID1 vs backup talk, take from it what you will:
- RAID is a solution for high availability. It is designed to minimize downtime in the event of a hardware failure; it does this by making copies of the data, and spreading these copies over multiple disks. These redundant copies are always kept in sync, this is referred to as a "online copy". The upside of this is that if your disk fails, you can simply replace it and you never lose access to your files. The downside is that you are only protected from single disk failures. If you accidentally overwrite or delete some files, or if both disks fail at the same time, you lose your data.
- Backup is a solution to protect against data loss. It is designed to minimize the risk of losing data due to any kind of failure, and it does this by making copies of the data, and keeping these copies in a safe location. These redundant copies are never updated, this is referred to as an "offline copy". The upside of this is that you always have a separate location in which to access your files, even if the master copy is lost or corrupted. The downside is that recovering from a backup is always a manual procedure and you can not access your files in the meantime.
If you keep "backups" in the same machine as the original data, you are already not protected against some failures, like a fire or an electrical surge, but RAID does not protect you from software errors either: if you delete or overwrite something, or a program crashes and leaves behind only half a file, you are out of luck.
By all means, use RAID on your NAS, it's what it is designed for. But be aware of what RAID does not protect you from. Always keep an offline copy (external disk, stack of dvd's) of data you really care about.