Saved PSD and layers are gone

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I was working in Photoshop CC and created a book cover that had many layers. When I saved the PSD then re-opened it all the layers merged into one but I did not execute a layer merge before saving. I doubt its possible to get it back to individual layers again (if so, please share how) but what do I need to do differently when saving to keep this from happening again?
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The only way to get the layers back is to open your backup copy of that file.
If you didn't receive an error when opening the file - then most likely you did a "save as" and turned off the layers when saving. Some people do this after saving as PDF without layers, then they forget to turn the layers checkbox back on when saving again as PSD.