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Simply; if it fits & has the same connectors [or you can find alternatives in the machine] you can use it. Apple transitioned from PATA to SATA for Superdrives later than for HDs, though I'm not sure when that transition was completed. My 08 Mac Pro uses PATA for the Superdrive, SATA for the HDs - so I found a spare SATA port inside & wired it ...
This issue is likely form factor more than anything else, though Apple is famous for custom connectors... I would look through the take-a-parts on fixit.com on those two units and see if they look the same. Also a bit of googling for a replacement drive for both and seeing if the part numbers are the same.
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