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    16 Stages Of Not Backing Up And Losing Everything

    iScrewed.

    1. Frustration: Your computer has done something weird.

    Fox

    What the? Knock knock?

    2. Attempted problem solving: In which you are certain a restart or pushing of buttons will return all to normalcy.

    wifflegif.com

    Let's just, uh, ctrl+alt+delete. Errr...operator?

    3. Trying to stay calm: The realization that something very bad may have happened surfaces, but you try to maintain a level head.

    Disney

    It's fine, it's...the laptop is just taking a little rest. That's OK, little guy. You rest up.

    4. Alarm: Understanding that there is a very serious technical failure going on and it might not be OK.

    NBC

    Let's not even think about all those files and oh GOD HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST ME.

    5. Panic: The stage at which you have confirmed that your computer is fucked and no, you did not back up.

    Warner Bros.

    Well, c'mon, doesn't the Cloud just do that automatically? Or whatever?

    6. Confusion: The stage at which you don't understand why this is happening.

    NBC

    Does life really have to be so complicated? WHAT DID I EVER DO TO YOU, LAPTOP? EH?

    7. Denial: The refusal to believe what your IT specialist is telling you.

    PBS

    "We may be able to retrieve some data. Maybe. Probably not."

    8. Anxiety: The stage at which you wait for good news...or bad.

    Paramount

    The fate of your life lies in the hands of that all-powerful Apple.

    9. Complete fucking loss of your sanity: YOU NOW KNOW THE WORLD IS ENDING.

    Cartoon Network

    OH GOD OH GOD.

    10. Anger: Anger at the Cloud. Anger at yourself.

    Fox

    ARRRAAHHHHHHHAHHRAHRHAHRAHAHRHAAHRAH!!!!

    11. Annoyance: The period of time shortly after a technical failure in which everyone tells you that you should have backed up.

    Disney

    YEAH THANKS YA THINK I DIDN'T GET THE MEMO??

    12. Loss: In which you realize you will never again see all those photos or click through all those beautiful PowerPoints.

    Disney

    Goodbye, Word documents. Goodbye, MP3s that are so old I burned you from CDs in the early 2000s.

    13. Mourning: The stage at which you are unable to get past the loss.

    The CW

    I can't even give my computer a eulogy because it was on the computer. That is now dead.

    14. Depression: Prolonged, all-encompassing grief and inability to cope.

    HBO

    I'm just so sad.

    15. Renewal: Realization that you have to get back on your feet and move on.

    Fox

    The past is in the past.

    And finally...

    16. Acceptance: Lesson learned.

    ET

    I am sorry for my transgressions and I have nothing against backing up. I love backing up.

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