A zone-bit-recording disk drive has a rotating platter with a surface which is divided into at least two zones each having a respective different number of angularly spaced sectors therein. A method and apparatus for positioning the head relative to the platter surface involve maintaining a count of the number of sectors which pass the head after the platter passes a predetermined angular orientation, ignoring the count during a time interval when the head moves out of a first of the zones toward a second of the zones which contains the specified sector and until the head has entered the second zone and the platter thereafter passes a predetermined angular orientation, and thereafter determining when the count corresponds to the specified sector to be accessed.
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