It seems not to be possible to add a USB thumbdrive to PiAware.
I have a Kingston 16Gb data traveler 2.0 and no matter what I try it is always mounted immediately, owned by root, and in root group. It is made read only. Obviously this means I can not back things up to the thumb drive, or have a database residing on it being updated.
If one writes often to an SD card then it will be destroyed by this process sooner or later. If the writes can be redirected to a USB stick then it’s an improvement since in the event of a problem the USB stick does not contain the OS and the whole unit is not rendered useless. As long as one backs up any valued data from the thumb drive fairly often then any destruction is going to be usefully limited.
A mate and I spent 4.5 hours one evening trying to persuade a PiAware install to cooperate, but we failed. We noted some command line commands that might have helped were missing, but of course they are missing, so we can’t be sure if they might have been able to help enough.
Making a thumbdrive read only by default rather defeats the point I would have thought. Making it available to the user to back things up seems more sensible. But what would I know?
Anyone happen know if there is a magic bullet for this problem? My friend’s reaction was to tell me not to be so silly, and of course now he knows how bad this problem really is too!