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What filesystem are you using in rh71. It looks like a fs problem. Redhat is using ext3 since 7.2 distro, but it shouldn't be any problem reading ext2 fs.
From my point of view, best upgrade is clean install. You copy /etc /home and any other custom data to a save partition and install fresh copy.
it may be something funny in your partition table + mbr. It looks like rh-installer can not read your ext2. Is your rh71 still working?
If you have spare disk try to copy your data to that disk, otherwise check what partitions you have (df) and try to move your data to another partitions if possible
then boot with rh73 i386 disk1 and goto linux rescue
and from there try to format your primary partions (/dev/hda1) (if not the only one)
let me know of your partitions and fs,
btw make sure you didn't forcibly shut down computer before upgrade.