How hard to crack password on backup software?

I lost an external drive and didnt want to send it back for warranty because i had no idea who may get a hold of it and see my tax returns etc etc....i got a new drive and will password protect the backups from now on but i was wondering how easy it was for someone to hack those passwords?
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  1. That depends entirely on the software that was used to create the backup. Personally, I wouldn't trust a password-protected backup to be secure.
  2. so they how should i secure a backup in case of warranty repair?
  3. I'd look into encryption software such as: http://www.truecrypt.org/
  4. ah so do the backup then use the truecrypt..seems ez enough!
  5. Just be very careful not to loose your encryption key (and don't store it with the backup!).
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