My friend just signed up for PS Plus and downloaded Infamous 2. When he went to install it he kept getting an error. As we kept retrying the XMB froze then started running really slow. I read on the forums that booting to safe mode and running option 3, restore file system fixes a freezy and laggy XBM as well as the game install problem. I recommended he try it and it is taking a really long time. It went to 11% right away and just sat there. We walked away for four hours and it finally reached 22%. After about another 10 minutes it reached 23%. Has anyone ever experienced this before? Since it clearly said only option 4 and 5 format your hard drive we didn't bother to back anything up. He has a ton of data and I will feel so bad if I am responsible for him losing it. Any advice is much appreciated.
You really need to have backups made.
Restart your PS3 and immediately go into Safe Mode. Use Restore File System there. If it finishes, quickly back up your data immediately. Start with your game save backups to a spare USB thumb drive first.
I did that and that's what has been running for 10 hours. If it successfully finishes I will back up all game saves right away. Thanks for your help. Have you ever head of this kind of thing happening before?