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I'm guessing you didn't mean something like this, but there are adapters out there which let you use PATA drives with SATA controllers and vice versa, such as this one: (Norwegian page, as I'm Norwegian, but all you really need to do is look at the picture) Komplett Data - SDM SATA to PATA adapater In a case like that, it certainly would be relevant to which connector you'd be hooking things. As it happens, one of them is orange, another is black. But it's pretty clearly marked, so I doubt you'd make that mistake.