If you have a tape with text like the following in the first 32 bytes:
then you have a backup tape ("Classic STORE tape") from an HP 3000, running the MPE V (or older) operating system.

Allegro Consultants, Inc., offers data recovery for Classic STORE tapes, including DDS data recovery, DAT data recovery, and DLT data recovery, as well as other forms of tape media.

Here's a dump of the first record of a typical Classic STORE tape.
Note that a few of the fields will change from tape to tape, but that the first 32 bytes are constant:


   Data record of 80 bytes:

      Hex                                  ASCII
      -------- -------- -------- --------  ----------------
      53544f52 452f5245 53544f52 45204c41  STORE/RESTORE LA
      42454c2d 48502f33 3030302e 56494942  BEL-HP/3000.VIIB
      00003a55 00000000 00000000 00000001  ..:U............
      9c97132c 22050000 00000000 00000000  ...,"...........
      00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000  ................
      (the "9c97" is the creation date in CALENDAR format (1978-05-31),
       the "132c 2205" is the creation time in BCD (19:44:34.5))


   File with text (only uppercase letters, digits, and blanks)

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