I have to wonder how much random luck is involved in a platter swap like that. If you've got a platter (or worse a stack of platters) that was not formatted on the drive controller in use, the ability to find track 0 would seem to involve a great deal of chance. It might work, it might not. Perhaps the embedded servo code can redirect on the fly, but you still have to be able to line up on at least one track reliably.
My disk-fu is at least 15 years out of date at this point (stopped being concerned with the details sometime after GMR heads became common), so perhaps the mating process wherein the heads ask "where the f am I and who the f are you?" has changed significantly.
This problem was caused by Windows, which was created by Microsoft Corporation.