Partition the drive, then restore from Time Machine?

An iMac that I just died. She used Time Machine as a backup to an external drive. I want to resurrect the content of the iMac on an existing MacBook Pro, I own. Does make sense to partition the hard drive in the MacBook Pro and then migrate all data on the hard drive partition? The MacBook Pro is on OS 10.11.1; the iMac ran an earlier version of El Capitan.

Does make sense to partition the hard drive in the MacBook Pro...

and then migrate all data on the hard drive partition?

Not really.

Mac OS X is basically a system of multiple users. If you do not create a user, it does not behave differently. Daily use with a user, it can give the illusion that you have the entire machine, but this isn't what is actually happening.

Mac OS X keeps always files in home directory for each user completely separate from each of the other files of the user (if any) and which is separated from system directories.

What would be much smarter is to carefully consider the names of affected users. If they are already different, simply migrate data iMac user a new account on the MacBook.

There is no need to have another partition, another copy of an almost identical system or additional copies of applications - you need the data of the user and must use Time Machine to restore all this user account, and no more.

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