Welcome. I'm a few hours south of you, but had a 1000 since back in the day. Does your computer report (greater than) 300000 free memory in workbench? If not, you need the 256K memory module that goes behind the middle section of the front panel to bring the computer up to 512k total.
The literal floppy emulator is a device called a "GOTEK". There's different firmwares out there. I have no idea which GOTEK firmware is the right one for a given situation.
I have taken a different approach to minimizing the usage of floppies and moving files between the Amiga and the modern world:
Check out The ACA500+
Yes, it is designed for the A500 but it works on A1000 as well
A fellow member of this board did a review
You'll also need a doohickey for reading & writing CF cards on your PC.
**As for backing up copy-protected disks, I need that info also.**
In the interest of full disclosure, I should clarify that I also own an A500 and have chosen to make that my workhorse in order to preserve the A1000.