Long store short, tried to log into the PSN, couldn't my system sort of locked up tho I could turn it off and on from the controller.
So contacted the trouble code part of the sony site, put in the code and it said the PSN was up, contacted live support he said it was down, and told me the turn off hold button, repeat and go into safe mode and hit 3. System got to around 38% and error happend saying the system needed to be formatted. So after talking with the guy, he said the only way to fix it was to format it, I lost over 3 years of data. and pictures. I know he didn't mean for it to happend but if I hadn't went to live support or what ever it's called I wouldn't have had this problem. and if the system had not worked after this I would have to pay sony to get it fixed, so they screw up and we have to pay.
I told the guy people need to be told what can happen if they try this turn off thing. and also tell them what can happen if they dont try the turn off thing. As far as backing it up I have tried and my ps3 will not back up onto my 1TB external HDD
Some users are currently having problems signing into PSN, could you have been affected by this?
this is an official post about the current psn problems: Click here
Shame your system got screwed up during a file system restore.
Its never fun to completely restore your system, especially when you had a lot of data on there.
The loss of your save data isn't the fault of the customer support representative. If you don't make backups, then you could have lost your data at any time if you hard disk failed; which happens. It was only a matter of time, so it might as well be now, before you lose even more progress. The support representatives probably should check that you have made a backup before going to the safe mode menu, which always has the potential of corrupting system data. That is why you are only supposed to use it if your PS3 already doesn't work normally anyway, and in many cases your data is already lost at that point. For the future I suggest that you figure out why the PS3 won't back up to your external drive, and then start making backups once in a while; or get a Playstation Plus subscription, and set your save data to upload to online storage. If you don't protect your save data, then you should not be upset with anyone but yourself if you lose it.