Here's an extract of one of mine - I have alphabetical folders on both sd cards (TF1 and TF2) and on my additional OTG storage, and each album within the alphabetical folders. Store the playlist on TF1.
OTG:\S\The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (24-96)\07 - The Smiths - Unhappy Birthday.flac
OTG:\S\The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (24-96)\08 - The Smiths - Paint A Vulgar Picture.flac
OTG:\S\The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (24-96)\09 - The Smiths - Death At One's Elbow.flac
OTG:\S\The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (24-96)\10 - The Smiths - I Won't Share You.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\01 - Majical Cloudz - Impersonator.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\02 - Majical Cloudz - This is Magic.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\03 - Majical Cloudz - Childhood's End.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\04 - Majical Cloudz - I Do Sing For You.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\05 - Majical Cloudz - Mister.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\06 - Majical Cloudz - Turns Turns Turns.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\07 - Majical Cloudz - Silver Rings.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\08 - Majical Cloudz - Illusion.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\09 - Majical Cloudz - Bugs Don't Buzz.flac
tf1:\m\majical cloudz - impersonator\10 - Majical Cloudz - Notebook.flac
TF2:\c\The Colourfield - Virgins And Philistines\01 - The Colourfield - Thinking Of You.flac
TF2:\c\The Colourfield - Virgins And Philistines\02 - The Colourfield - Faint Hearts.flac
TF2:\c\The Colourfield - Virgins And Philistines\03 - The Colourfield - Castles In The Air.flac
TF2:\c\The Colourfield - Virgins And Philistines\04 - The Colourfield - Take.flac
TF2:\c\The Colourfield - Virgins And Philistines\05 - The Colourfield - Cruel Circus.flac
TF2:\c\The Colourfield - Virgins And Philistines\06 - The Colourfield - Hammond Song.flac
It's taken me a few weeks, but I have the x5ii set up the way I wanted it. My goal was to get my 12,000+ song library loaded onto the x5ii, set it to shuffle mode and let it play.
Many, Many thanks for the response and sample playlist. Based on posts elsewhere, I had removed the drive letters entirely.
Using tf1, tf2 and otg I can now get my playlist to span all 3 drives. I also needed to move the playlist to tf1. The X5ii
would not read the playlist when it was on the otg.
A couple of other issues were that the X5ii was at FW1.1. It would play one song from the otg and stop. Upgrading to FW1.2 fixed that.
I also struggled a bit with the otg drive itself. I first had a 128gb USB drive that has a Phison controller. It worked fine when playing songs only from the otg drive. When in shuffle mode though, the otg drive would disconnect after playing the first song from the drive.
I had success moving to a micro sdx card using one of the monprice adapters mentioned in an earlier post.
My final setup has 128gb and 200gb cards in the X5ii and a 128gb micro sd connected via otg. All the songs are in flac format and loaded on the 3 drives, with room for growth. I have a playlist that contains all 12,000+ songs. It takes about 3.5 minutes to load.
Once loaded, it plays in shuffle mode without problems.
Thanks again for the advice.