By starting up the system in safe mode, then executing a menu option, you may be able to eliminate the symptom.Please note there is a chance that safe mode options will not fix the problem and your system will require service.Most likely it wasn't stuck and you shouldn't have turned the system off, like Jesus_Phish mentioned.Safe mode is a feature for starting the PS Vita with the “minimum required functionality” if the system is no longer able to start up normally.I looked online a bit and so someone post on the playstation blog forum that they were having a similar issue, which is why Im here to see if anyone else has experienced this.Also, it still allows me to check for system updates in safe mode, when I checked it it said there was an update (3.12).EDIT: I ended up deciding the saves weren't worth the trouble, and the stuff I really cared about (spelunky) is saved in the cloud. It's a shame it doesn't give you a proper progress bar or a time to completion but it's a bad idea to turn off your Vita while something is being deleted.
This is usually done because you might want a feature or a game that is supported only by that firmware.
If you choose to perform one of the Safe Mode options, please back up your data before attempting to enter safe mode (when possible). Activating Safe Mode To activate safe mode, press and hold the following buttons while it is OFF (not standby) for 5 seconds: “R” button PS button Power button Safe Mode Options Once you reach Safe Mode, you will see the following options.
Use the D-pad to highlight a selection and press “X”.
If you do, the update will break your hack and all your emulators and other homebrew apps will be gone.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with some of these terms and want to know what all this means, please refer to the post: All You Need to Know About Hacking Your PS Vita: VHBL, TN-V, Exploits, Emulators Explained.
Restore the PS Vita System Restores the PS Vita current firmware to its default state.