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First step is to ditch the tape. The last thing you want is a tape failure, and you have an older tape. So dd that thing to a file on a hard drive. ibs doesn't matter. Regardless of whatever you set ibs to, it won't change the output of dd. Second, you should use something xxd to hex dump the beginning and end of the file. For example, xxd -l 120 -c 12 [...

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