How do I initialize a byte array in Java?

You can use an utility function to convert from the familiar hexa string to a byte[]. When used to define a final static constant, the performance cost is irrelevant.

Since Java 17

There’s now java.util.HexFormat which lets you do

byte[] CDRIVES = HexFormat.of().parseHex("e04fd020ea3a6910a2d808002b30309d");

This utility class lets you specify a format which is handy if you find other formats easier to read or when you’re copy-pasting from a reference source:

byte[] CDRIVES = HexFormat.ofDelimiter(":")

Before Java 17

I’d suggest you use the function defined by Dave L in Convert a string representation of a hex dump to a byte array using Java?

byte[] CDRIVES = hexStringToByteArray("e04fd020ea3a6910a2d808002b30309d");

I insert it here for maximum readability :

public static byte[] hexStringToByteArray(String s) {
    int len = s.length();
    byte[] data = new byte[len / 2];
    for (int i = 0; i < len; i += 2) {
        data[i / 2] = (byte) ((Character.digit(s.charAt(i), 16) << 4)
                             + Character.digit(s.charAt(i+1), 16));
    return data;

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