Photoshop is flattening my .psd images upon saving without me telling it to do so

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Photoshop has now twice condensed my images to one layer upon saving. It does this sporadically and unpredictably, with no change in the way I am operating the program.

Basically, when this happens, I've been working on an image with multiple layers and saved it as a psd. The next time I open the image, it's been flattened. As I have just lost a week's worth of work, I would like to know how to avoid this problem in the future.
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop only saves without layers if you tell it to (unchecking the layers checkbox in the save dialog).

Sometimes corrupt files will not be able to load the layers, and ask if you want to load the composite instead.
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As I stated in my comment above, Photoshop is doing this with no direction from me. I have checked to make sure I am saving it as a .psd file with the layers box checked.

The images I have been working with do not appear to be corrupted-- they open without any problems at first, but two of them so far have been suddenly flattened, without any notifications to imply the image was corrupted. There are no dead pixels in the image or anything different from the original file, other than the fact that it's all on one layer. I have not been asked if I want to load a composite either.